Course Profile: ‘Consumer in Our Society’ examines the critical role of consumers in the American economy

Photo: Sheila Mammen/Credit: Ebru Kardan

As the name suggests, ‘The Consumer in Our Society’ explores how consumers function and operate in the American economy. This general education course in the Department of Resource Economics is taught by Sheila Mammen, and delves into the role that consumers play, the impact of advertising, consumer rights and responsibilities, and more.

Julie Caswell Named Distinguished Professor

Dr. Julie A. Caswell, Professor of Resource Economics and SBS Associate Dean for Education & Student Development, has been named Distinguished Professor by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. With a joint PhD in agricultural economics and economics, Dr. Caswell joined the UMass community in 1984 as Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and has since received many accolades. She is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, has been named UMass Amherst Spotlight Scholar, awarded the Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity Award, named Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer (2009), was the recipient of the Chancellor's Medal, and named a CFNR Outstanding Teacher.