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

food safety, product development, commercialization, food science outreach education, speakers bureau
Amanda Kinchla

Amanda Kinchla’s research focuses on applied research and food safety education to support the food industry. Her work supports the development of research from concept to commercialization to address technical challenges and delivery against product/business needs from farm to fork. 

Italian cultural politics, critical population studies
Elizabeth (Betsy) Krause

Krause studies the interplay among nationalism, gender, class, race and ethnicity in the context of population politics in Italy, where women in the 1990s reached record-low fertility rates and where reproductive practices have provoked urgent political debate.

micro-econometrics, small farms, nursery crops, water quality, soil saving technologies, farm economic decisions, speakers bureau
Daniel A. Lass

Daniel A. Lass’ research focuses on farm decisions such as production—including dairy and cranberries in Massachusetts—off-farm employment and CSA costs, returns and marketing. He is also interested in water quality in New England streams and rivers, especially related to their implications for specific forms of outdoor recreation.  

anaerobic microorganisms, microbial fuel cells, bioremediation, speakers bureau
Derek Lovley

Derek Lovley’s research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms. His topics of investigation include: in situ groundwater bioremediation; microbial fuel cells; directed and natural evolution of anaerobic respiration; anaerobic biofilms; and extracellular electron transfer mechanisms. 

Social stratification, Race and ethnicity, Gender, Family, Health disparities, Military
Jennifer Lundquist

Lundquist has conducted extensive research on various aspects of relationships, marriage and divorce, including the effects caused by race, ethnicity and gender.

vegetable production, ethnic crops, urban agriculture, vegetable marketing, speakers bureau
Frank Mangan

Frank Mangan’s expertise is in vegetable production, distribution and marketing. The focus of his research and outreach activities have been on evaluating vegetable and herb crops popular among the large and growing immigrant population in Massachusetts and New England.

enzymology of transcription; structure and function in enzyme-DNA interactions; kinetics and thermodynamics; nucleotide analogs, SELEX, fluorescence spectroscopy, speakers bureau
Craig T. Martin

Craig T. Martin is interested in understanding specific chemical interactions which underlie complex enzyme systems, including the structure and function in enzyme-nucleic acid interactions. Martins’ work includes research on the T7 family of RNA polymerases as a means of studying transcription.

Legal issues and labor relations in the sport industry, Sport law, Sports agencies
Lisa Masteralexis

Masteralexis's research and teaching interests are in sport law and labor relations in the sport industry. She is the lead editor of Principles and Practice of Sport Management, one of the most widely-used sports management text books in the country.

Middle Eastern and North African politics, Law and public policy, U.S. foreign policy, International and comparative law and politics, Human rights, Globalization theory
David Mednicoff

Mednicoff’s areas of expertise include Middle Eastern law and politics, international law, human rights, globalization studies and comparative public policy. He has appeared frequently on international television news broadcasts and in print coverage of Middle Eastern and North African issues.

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.