Experts and Media Resources

UMass Amherst has a number of faculty experts who have agreed to be available to reporters as expert sources for stories.

A sampling of our experts by topic area

Business and economic forecasting, Economic Indicators analysis, The Economics of the European Union, The microeconometrics of labor markets, Demographic economics
Robert Nakosteen

Nakosteen is an oft-cited expert on the Massachusetts economy, especially the business climate of Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley.

Water resources planning, Flood management, Drought management, Impacts of climate change on water resources and flood levels, Modeling of engineering systems
Richard Palmer

Palmer's 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.”

Economics, Green Jobs/Economy, Low-wage labor
Robert Pollin

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.

Massachusetts and national political races, Public opinion polling
Brian Schaffner

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.

Consumer behavior, Marketing to generational cohort segments, Implications of the aging of America
Charles Schewe

Schewe created the field of generational marketing with the publication of "The Power of Cohorts," his widely-acclaimed article in American Demographics.

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 Subbaswamy

Subbaswamy assumed his role as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in July 2012. His primary research area as a physicist is the optical properties of novel materials and nonlinear excitations.

Group prejudice; Racial, gender and ethnic relations
Linda Tropp

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.

Adult development and aging, Psychology of sports fans, Coping with tragedy and recovery
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Susan Krauss Whitbourne is one of the pioneers of the field of adult development and aging, and coordinates the Aging and Development Lab where students conduct research on personality, aging and cognition.  She is also frequently quoted in media regarding the psychology of sports fandom.

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