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

Henry Renski

Associate Director, ISSR and Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Henry Renski serves as Associate Director of ISSR.  He 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,...

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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

Gretchen Gano

Grants Development Social Scientist
ISSR

Gretchen Gano is the ISSR Grants Development Social Scientist. In this capacity, she works with  the  ISSR director  to  set  a  grant-seeking  agenda designed to meet strategic goals; develop relationships with external funding agencies; monitor and advise on grant...

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Megan Paik

Foundation Grants Development Specialist
ISSR

Megan Paik supports faculty with all aspects of foundation relations, including prospect identification and funding strategy. She offers individual consultations and facilitates seminars on topics related to philanthropic funding for investigator-initiated research and...

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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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Viacheslav Yurchenkov

IT Support and Design
ISSR

Viacheslav Yurchenkov is a Master's student in the College of Education, specializing in Learning, Media, and Technology at the University Massachusetts Amherst.

Viacheslav is an international student who is holding two grants from the U.S. Department of State...

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