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

evolutionary diversity, ecology, electric fishes, speakers bureau
Cristina Cox Fernandes

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.

Gender economics, Family economics
Nancy Folbre

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.

exercise, women’s health, children and exercise, women and exercise, assessing physical activity, speakers bureau
Patty Freedson

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.

assistive technologies, disaster informatics, wireless and sensor networks, trustworthy computing, speakers bureau
Aura Ganz

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.

Health economics, health insurance, empirical methods, physician referrals, access to care
Kimberley Geissler

Geissler's research explores the factors affecting patients' access to high-quality health care.

sustainable agriculture, local food, food policy, small farms, speakers bureau
John Gerber

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. 

history, speakers bureau
David Glassberg

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.

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
Sheldon Goldman

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.

Health inequities, Community-based participatory research, Psychosocial health, LGBT health, Cultural studies
Louis Graham

Louis Graham is an expert on LGBT discrimination, health and rights.

robotics, robots for healthcare, exploration and emergency response, speakers bureau
Roderic A. Grupen

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.