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Matthew Denny
Consulting Support
110E Bartlett Hall
consultantmd@issr.umass.edu

 

Matt Denny is a second year PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his M.Sc. from the Department of Resource Economics with a focus on applied econometrics and experimental economics in 2013. He is a member of the Political Interaction Networks Lab at UMass Amherst, and is advised by Bruce Desmarais and Hanna Wallach. His primary research interests include computational social science and network analysis, with applications to the study of legislative politics and government bureaucracy. 

As a consultant for ISSR for the past year, Matt specializes in social network analysis, statistical models for text, data management, web scraping, high performance computing and big data analytics. He also teaches workshops and consults on the use of R, LaTeX, C++, Python and PHP/MySQL for social science research.

Rodrigo Dominguez Villegas
Consulting Support
110F Bartlett Hall
domingue@soc.umass.edu

Rodrigo Dominguez is a PhD student in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his B.A. in Economics and Geography from Middlebury College. He is currently working with Professor Jennifer Lundquist on studying the socioeconomic outcomes for foreign born veterans. His primary research interests include international migration, economic development, and public policy analysis.  He is an independent consultant for the Migration Policy Institute in Washington D.C.

As a new consultant for ISSR Rodrigo will provide consultations on spatial statistics, multiple regression methods and on the STATA, ArcGIS and GeoDa software programs.


Eric Griffith
Consulting Support
110D Bartlett Hall
consultanteg@issr.umass.edu


Laras Sekarasih
Consulting Support
110E Bartlett Hall
consultantls@issr.umass.edu

 

Laras is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received his B.A. in Psychology from Universitas Indonesia and an M.S. in Human Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her current research interests are media, children, and the family, media literacy education, and media effects. She currently works under the supervision of Dr. Michael Morgan on a dissertation project that examines how parents' television viewing cultivates materialism in the family. Additionally, she is also involved as a researcher and facilitator in the UMass Department of Communication's research/community outreach media literacy education initiative under the supervision of Dr. Erica Scharrer.

Laras' works have been presented in the annual conventions of the National Communication Association (NCA), International Communication Association (ICA), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Her paper on Television Viewing and the Cultivation of the American Dream has won top student paper award in the 2012 AEJMC annual conference. Laras has also received Fulbright Scholarship for her Master's study.

Joining ISSR in Fall 2013, Laras specialized in multivariate regression and structural equation modeling. She teaches workshops on SPSS and LISREL software programs.

Working for ISSR is an avenue for meeting and work with different members of UMass community, graduate students, faculty members, and staff, from different departments across campus. I found the experience of assisting students, faculty, and staff rewarding, as I was able to see and understand the various applications of the method that I was trained in different disciplines.


Jacklyn Stein
Consulting Support
110F Bartlett Hall
consultantjs@issr.umass.edu

 

Jackie Stein is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her B.A. in Biology from Williams college and an M.P.H. from the University of California Berkeley. Her primary research interest is in American public opinion about economic inequality, which is the focus of her dissertation project. Her previous research investigates inequality manifested through the schedules and work hours of American health care workers, as part of a larger project led by professors Naomi Gerstel and Dan Clawson. She is also a research assistant at the UMass Donahue Institute, where she is part of a team evaluating a Massachusetts initiative to increase community college student success in STEM fields. 

 
Jackie has been a consultant with ISSR since its inauguration in 2012 and specializes in qualitative coding with the NVivo software.