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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

Bruce Desmarais

Associate Director of ISSR, Professor of Political Science

Bruce Desmarais is the Associate Director of the Institute of Social Science Research and one of the core faculty members of the Computational Social Science Institute, a collaborative organization of scholars spanning the social, mathematical, and computational sciences focusing on problems...

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Waylon Howard

Research Methodologist

Waylon J. Howard, PhD is a Research Methodologist in the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Massachusetts and serves as affiliated faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Howard completed his PhD in quantitative psychology at the University...

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(413) 545-0746

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

Wendy Dagle

Assistant Director of Communications

Wendy is a UMass Amherst 2014 alum with a master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration. Prior to graduate school she spent over 10 years working in the foster care system in...

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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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