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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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

Sarah Vega-Liros

Research Business Manager Liaison
ISSR

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....

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(413) 545-7559

Laras Sekarasih

Postdoctoral Associate in Research Methods
ISSR

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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413 545-0746

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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