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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...
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...Read More
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...Read More