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
Cristina Cox-Fernandes’ research focuses on the ecology and evolutionary diversity of neotropical freshwater fishes, particularly within the Amazon River basin, including electric fishes (Gymnotiformes). Her research topics range from behavior and ecology to taxonomy and sexual dimorphism.
Folbre's research focuses on the interface between feminist theory and political economy, with a particular focus on the work of caring for others. She is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, and she has consulted for the United Nations Human Development Office, the World Bank and other organizations.
Patty Freedson’s interests include children’s responses to exercise, physical activity assessment and exercise and women’s health. Her work focuses on determinants of performance and fitness in children and adults, development and validation of objective techniques to assess habitual physical activity in children and adults and physical activity and health outcomes in women.
Aura Ganz focuses on developing socially responsible systems for the betterment of the world, including systems that reduce mortality, improve daily life of people with disabilities and assist first responders and emergency managers. As part of her research, she uses a diverse array of engineering tools and techniques such as wireless networking, software engineering, embedded systems, sensors, video processing, RF systems, trustworthy computing, optimization, augmented and virtual reality and systems engineering.
Geissler's research explores the factors affecting patients' access to high-quality health care.
John Gerber’s main research and teaching interests include sustainable agriculture, local food and farming and food policy. He has been instrumental in initiating student projects at UMass Amherst such as the Permaculture Initiative, the Student Farm, GardenShare and the Real Food Challenge.
American public history as represented in politics, culture, and the environment. History-based celebrations and holidays; public history. Nuclear issues and regional history: Cold War sites in Massachusetts.
Goldman is 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.
Louis Graham is an expert on LGBT discrimination, health and rights.
Roderic A. Grupen’s research focuses on developing robotic systems that can interact with the messy and unstructured environments in which humans live, and learn skills and models of the world by exploration.