Staff

Laurel Smith-Doerr

Director of ISSR, Professor of Sociology
ISSR

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...

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(413) 545-5983

Kevin Young

Associate Director, ISSR and Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Kevin Young serves as Associate Director of ISSR. He earned his PhD from the London School of Economics, and joined the Department of Political Science at UMass in 2012. He is a scholar of International Political Economy who specializes in the study of financial power,...
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Jessica Pearlman

Research Methodologist
ISSR

Jessica Pearlman is the ISSR Research Methodologist, overseeing the development of the Institute's methodology training and consulting services and ISSR's team of Graduate Methodology Consultants. Dr. Pearlman came to University of Massachusetts from the University of...

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(413) 545-0746

Karen Mason

Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager
ISSR

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...

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(413) 545-5970

Elisa Martinez

Program Assistant
ISSR

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...

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Brian Barnes

IT Support and Design
ISSR

Brian Barnes is a first-year Masters student in the School of Public Policy with a background in IT systems and management. They help to ensure the smooth operation of IT systems at ISSR, and have taken on the role of Web Designer for our new website. Their work in the Public Policy department...

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James Hokonya

Clerical Assistant
ISSR

James Hokonya supports ISSR operations with administrative support in all service areas. James is pursuing his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, and comes from a background of administrative work at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology at UMass, and for two...

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413-545-5961