• Perspectives on Inequality Lecture Series welcomes new speakers for Spring 2015. Katherine Newman, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, will present last on "Learning to Labor in the 21st Century."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Social Science Matters: Lisa Saunders explores topics in labor economics, including political economy of race and gender.

  • Amanda Aziz '15 (political science) has taken advantage of many learning experiences, including an undergraduate research assistantship, thanks in part to a number of scholarships made possible by alumni gifts.

  • An SBS Internship Award made the experience at FRONTLINE PBS possible for Mitchell Scuzzarella ’15, who has been involved in a wide range of extracurricular activities and participated in multiple internships.

  • Kelly Donovan

    “Be self-directed and shape your education the way you want,” advises Kelly Donovan ’15 (political science/BDIC, Peace and Conflict Studies), recipient of a 2014 Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship.

  • 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.

  • Melissa James ’10 (journalism/legal studies), founder and CEO of the Dorchester-based Tech Connection, realized early on in her career that tech companies severely lacked diversity. She formed her own recruitment company to help diversify the field.

  • $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.

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, Suzanne Mettler, and Katherine Newman, plus a panel on Linguistics Inequality. Click on names for more information about each event. Read an article about the series.

Event poster for spring 2015

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.