M.V. Lee Badgett
M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the UMass Amherst. She is also the research director of the Williams Institute for Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA. She studies family policy issues and labor market discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, and gender.
Naomi Gerstel's research focuses on work and families, with particular attention to gender gaps in paid and unpaid caregiving. She explores the effects of employment on the care adult daughters' and sons' give to their parents, the effects of marriage on women's and men's ties to their parents, siblings, and the broader community, the ways race, gender and class jointly shape work and family ties, how social class shapes fathering as well as the enforcement and utilization of the Family and Medical Leave Act. As a Family Research Scholar, Dr. Gerstel and Dr. Dan Clawson (FRS 03-04 and Professor of Sociology) developed proposals to study the ways work hours are shaped by organizations, occupations, unions and families. The National Science Foundation funded two of their proposals, NAEMT funded a third, and the Sloan Foundation funded a fourth. Dr. Gerstel has also been a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the National Academy of Science.
Susan Newton received her doctorate from Purdue University, where she was trained as an urban and community sociologist. Faculty appointments took her to Ohio and Louisiana before she moved into more administrative roles—first as a program manager and project evaluator for National Science Foundation-funded projects, and later as a grants specialist.
Amy Schalet is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a specialist on adolescent sexuality and culture in comparative perspective. In her award-winning book, Not Under My Roof: Parents, Teens, and the Culture of Sex (University of Chicago Press), she examines the regulation of adolescent sexuality in American and Dutch families, probing our child-rearing for what it tells us about our culture. Schalet has worked closely with physicians and others on new approaches to sexual health promotion for adolescents. She has served on the boards of national and local health organizations, consulted with community groups and the media, and collaborated on clinical and educational materials. Schalet has delivered plenary addresses and trainings at, among others, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Michigan Departments of Public Health and Education, and the STD-prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control. Schalet was awarded the American Sociological Association Children and Youth Section’s 2012 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award, the ASA Family Section's Goode Book award for Not Under My Roof, and the 2012 Carol Mendez Cassell Award for Excellence in Sexuality Education from the Healthy Teen Network. She has written opinion pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post . Her research has been featured in such online publications as Time's Healthland and Salon. Schalet holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.
Linda R. Tropp
Linda R. Tropp is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Psychology of Peace and Violence Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research concerns how members of different groups approach and experience contact with each other, and how group differences in power or status affect views of and expectations for cross-group relations.
Lisa M. Troy is an assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and the Commonwealth Honors College Professor in Nutrition. Her research interests include the effect of overall diet quality and components of a healthful diet on under-nutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome and risk factors for diabetes and heart disease.
She is also interested in how government programs and policies affect food security, diet quality and public health outcomes. Toward accomplishing these goals, Dr. Troy and her colleagues at Tufts University developed an index to measure adherence to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This index has been used in epidemiologic studies to examine how a diet consistent with federal guidelines relates to bone mineral density and the prevention of chronic diseases of aging including hip fracture, insulin resistance, and the metabolic syndrome. The index is being updated for the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Her current research focuses on how diet and exercise improve sleep duration and quality.
Wendy Varner is the Associate Director of the Center for Research on Families at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She first joined the university in 2000 to become the Grants and Research Manager for the Center for Public Policy and Administration.