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  • Virtual State

    Honoring the world’s leading expert on digital government

    For as long as there has been a virtual state, UMass Amherst Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain has stood as an undisputed leader on the topic. As... More

  • Student Achievement

    Examining policy effects on equity and performance

    At all levels of government across the United States, the debate over educational standards is hot. And UMass Amherst educational policy expert Kathryn McDermott’s research shows that in our... More

  • Networked Decision-Making

    Analyzing big data to understand complex social systems

    In our increasingly digital age, the collection, storage and analysis of large-scale data offer a window to the inner workings of our social world and collective interactions. At UMass Amherst,... More