• Brian Schaffner

    Brian Schaffner (political science), chair of the department and director of the UMass Poll, has been awarded a $456,878 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create one of the largest multi-year election panel surveys ever produced.

  • Maija Hall speaking to students at the Rally for Tolerance in October

    Maija Hall '17 (sociology) addresses students at October's Rally for Tolerance in response to threatening racist messages that were scrawled on dorm doors.

  • Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji (economics) and Brian McDermott (journalism

    Outstanding teaching: With pride SBS professors pass their love of learning and discovery to students. Meet this year’s Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, Mwangi wa Gĩthĩnji (economics) and Brian McDermott (journalism).

  • Kabir Thatte ’16 in Washington while doing an internship

    Internships offer hands-on learning beyond the classroom: Kabir Thatte ’16 (political science), who has participated in several, says, “The importance of practical experience can never be overstated.” Career Services can help.

  • Joya Misra

    New York Times Opinion Pages' "Room for Debate" (October 15): Joya Misra (sociology and public policy), editor of Gender & Society, speaks out about "Freezing Plans for Motherhood and Staying on the Job."

  • Christine Lam ’14 performs community service

    Connect with your world and change it for the better. Says Christine Lam ’14 (communication), “Giving back to the community through the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and Habitat for Humanity was special.”

  • SBS Senior Celebration, Saturday May 9, 2015. Mark your calendars now! SBS graduates have strong analytic and problem-solving abilities, good human relations skills, and confidence in their ability to learn and grow in new work situations.

  • Funding scholarships for enrichment opportunities is a priority: Our students are the most academically competitive in our history, but the economic climate threatens this trajectory of excellence.

  • CoWorkSpringfield!, an initiative launched by Samalid Hogan ’03 (economics/Spanish), is creating a diverse peer support network of entrepreneurs while offering a professional coworking space in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

  • $10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit SBS: The growth in research resulting from this transformative gift will benefit society through enhanced educational opportunities and its impact on social policy.

    $10.3 Million Anonymous Gift to Benefit SBS: The growth in research resulting from this transformative gift will benefit society through enhanced educational opportunities and its impact on social policy.

  • Dan Peltier in Italy

    Study abroad for a summer, a semester or a year: With over 400 UMass Amherst-sponsored programs in more than 50 countries, the “world awaits.” Here is Dan Peltier ’14 (journalism/political science) in Italy.

  • Michael Ash

    At the tenth annual Faculty Convocation in September Michael Ash, chair of the Department of Economics, was among the recipients of the 2014 Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.

Social Science Matters: Perspectives on Inequality

A yearlong series of presentations, sponsored by various SBS departments and centers, showcasing social science research on critical issues of inequalities facing societies today.

Spring presenters include Elizabeth Armstrong, Maryann Feldman, Chai Feldblum, Richard Wilkinson, Margaret Gray, Gabriel Dance, and Katherine Newman, plus a panel on Linguistics Inequality. Click on names for more information about each event. Read an article about the series.

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UMass Green Office


The SBS Dean's Office is proud to participate in the UMass Green Offices Program.

Position Available: SBS Director of External Affairs and Communications

Direct External Affairs team and collaborate with Development team to promote the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), along with its constituent departments, centers and institutes, to internal and external constituents, by advancing visibility to positively affect enrollment, student success, research visibility and impact, alumni loyalty and contributions, and revenues. Review of applicants will begin on December 30, 2014, any may continue until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. For a full position description and application instructions, click here.