Issues facing higher education and public colleges and universities, International cooperation in higher education, Massive open online courses (MOOCs) and the globalization of education, optical physics
Kumble R. Subbaswamy assumed his role as the chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012.
Before coming to Amherst, Subbaswamy, a physicist, served as provost at the University of Kentucky since 2006. He joined Kentucky’s physics faculty in 1978 after serving as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine. During his first 18 years at the University of Kentucky, he served as associate dean of arts and sciences and as chair of the department of physics and astronomy.
Low-wage labor markets and the minimum wage, Fiscal policy and local multipliers, Health care reform and employer mandates, Political economy of conflict, Immigration and occupational change, Impact of unionization
Arindrajit Dube’s research focuses on labor economics, health economics, public finance, and political economy, particularly based around minimum wage policies, fiscal policy, income inequality, health reform and the economics of conflict.
In March 2013, Dube testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) during the committee’s hearing on Keeping up with a Changing Economy: Indexing the Minimum Wage.
Social stratification, Race and ethnicity, Gender, Family, Health disparities, Military
Jennifer Lundquist has conducted extensive research on various aspects of relationships, marriage and divorce, including the effects caused by race, ethnicity and gender. She has studied the division of labor and work-life balance, decisions by couples to remain childless, and marital issues facing U.S. military personnel.
Lundquist has also recently conducted research on the topics of paternal leave and online dating patterns, and is co-author of the book Demography: The Study of Human Population (third edition).
Massachusetts and national political races, Public opinion polling
Brian Schaffner is director of the UMass Poll, which is committed to studying public opinion in Massachusetts and the United States to inform policymaking in the Commonwealth and beyond.
Based in the UMass Amherst department of political science, the UMass Poll combines cutting edge Internet polling technology with expertise in political science to provide accurate, cost-efficient and swift survey results on the issues most important to Massachusetts residents.
The psychology of lying, The factors that promote academic success in college students
Robert Feldman is one of America’s preeminent experts on lying, including self-presentation in adults and children, nonverbal behavior and verbal deception, how people lie strategically in social interactions, and the consequences of deception.
His research on lying has been published in numerous scientific journals, and he has been interviewed for numerous newspaper and magazine articles and television programs around the country.
Water resources planning, Flood management, Drought management, Impacts of climate change on water resources and flood levels, Modeling of engineering systems
Richard Palmer is the department head and professor of civil and environmental engineering. His primary area of interest is water resource planning and management, including impacts of climate change on water resources, drought planning and real-time water resource management, and he pioneered the use of “virtual drought exercises.”
Group prejudice; Racial, gender and ethnic relations
Linda Tropp’s research focuses on how members of different groups approach and interact with each other, and how differences in power or status affect views of and expectations for cross-group relations.
Tropp has worked with national organizations to present social science evidence in U.S. Supreme Court cases on racial integration, on state and national initiatives to improve interracial relations in schools, and with non-governmental and international organizations to evaluate applied programs designed to reduce racial and ethnic conflict.
Robert Pollin's research centers on macroeconomics, conditions for low-wage workers in the U.S. and globally, the analysis of financial markets, and the economics of building a clean-energy economy in the U.S and globally.
He has recently served as a consultant with the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Labour Organization on the economic analysis of clean-energy investments, and is currently directing a global project on this topic with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Ongoing federal judicial confirmation battles, Obama's lower court judiciary, Politics of judicial selection and confirmation, Backgrounds and career paths of lower federal court judges, Politics of constitutional law and civil liberties
Over the course of nearly 50 years at UMass Amherst, Sheldon Goldman has become one of the nation's top experts on the politics of judicial selection and confirmation, and is a frequent source for news media covering issues surrounding the judiciary.