New Faculty Join UMass Amherst in Political Science, Economics, and Labor Relations Research Center

AMHERST, Mass. - Three new faculty members, Craig W. Thomas, M.V. Lee Badgett, and Frank Borgers, have joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

Craig W. Thomas - An assistant professor in the department of political science, Thomas earned both his doctorate in political science (1997), and a master’s of public policy (1988), from the University of California at Berkeley. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington’s Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies in 1983.

Thomas teaches graduate seminars in public management and organizational theory, and undergraduate courses in environmental policy and public administration. His fields of interest include: public policy and public management; environmental and natural resources policy; and preserving biodiversity on public lands.

In addition to his academic work, Thomas has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy (1991-92); the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (1987-88); and the California State Office of Emergency Services (1987).

M. V. Lee Badgett - Appointed as an assistant professor in the department of economics, Badgett also serves as president and acting director of the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies based in Washington, D.C. Before joining the University, Badgett was an assistant professor at the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, (1990-97), and visiting assistant professor of women’s studies and lesbian and gay studies at Yale University (1995-96).

She received her doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 1982.

Badgett is currently doing research on the economics of race and gender; sexual orientation discrimination in labor markets; family structures and family policy and how they affect the families of lesbians and gay people; the impact of affirmative action policies; and lesbian and gay giving and volunteering.

Frank Borgers - An assistant professor at the Labor Relations and Research Center, Borgers specializes in international labor issues. Prior to joining the UMass faculty, Borgers was an assistant professor at the Center for Labor Education and Research at the School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1993-97.

Borgers holds three degrees from Ohio State University: he earned a doctorate and master’s degree in labor and human resources in 1993 and 1991 respectively, and a master’s degree in geography in 1987. He received a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Reading, England, in 1985.

Borgers served as a William Green Memorial Fellow at Ohio State University (1992-93), was a SINNEA Scholar at the Institute for International Labor Studies in Bologna, Italy (1992), and was secretary-treasurer of the United Paperworkers International Union, Local 1486 (1995-97).