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Laurel Smith-Doerr

Director of ISSR, Professor of Sociology

Laurel Smith-Doerr came to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in September 2013 to serve as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Social Science Research; she was also appointed professor in the Department of Sociology. After earning her PhD in sociology from the University of...

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(413) 545-5983

Henry Renski

Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Henry Renski joined the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) in the fall of 2007. He teaches courses in quantitative methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, and state and local economic development policy.


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Karen Mason

Grants, Personnel, & Budget Manager

Karen Mason, Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager at ISSR, has been working in the field of research support her entire UMass career.  Initially hired as support staff and moving into grant administration at the Social and Demographic Research Institute (SADRI), housed within the Department of...

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(413) 545-5970

Sarah Vega-Liros

Research Business Manager Liaison

Sarah Vega-Liros is a staff member at the Institute for Social Science Research and serves as the Research Business Manager Liaison assigned to faculty, graduate students, and staff in the Colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She specializes in...

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(413) 545-7559

Laras Sekarasih

Postdoctoral Associate in Research Methods

Laras is a Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her B.A. in psychology (cum laude) from Universitas Indonesia and an M.S. in human ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (on Fulbright Scholarship). Her current...

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Daniel Cannity

IT Support and Design

Daniel Cannity is a PhD Student in the Department of Sociology at the University Massachusetts, Amherst. He received his BA in Sociology from American International College. His research interests include computational social science, data mining, and quantitative research methods....

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Elisa Martinez

Program Assistant
Elisa Martinez supports ISSR staff in planning and publicizing ISSR-supported events and the work of social science researchers at UMass. She is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UMass, studying the politics of aid and activism in the international relief and development field...
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Gary Hardyal

Office Assistant

Gary Hardyal is a senior in the Isenberg School of Management’s Business Administration & Finance program.  He comes to ISSR with a strong background in data analysis, social science research and reporting, and systems management.  Gary's friendly face will welcome you to the ISSR offices...

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