Faculty Impact

The bedrock of SBS is our impassioned, inspired, and intellectually diverse faculty. We’re renowned for innovative and interactive teaching methods and our ability to introduce research into the classroom. 


James Heintz Charters New Economic Policies

Professor Heintz in the classroom

James Heintz ’91 PhD, the Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, looks beyond rates of growth, employment, and other macroeconomic indicators to learn how they affect human rights. He is a leader in examining the intersection of economic policy and rights such as access to housing, food, and health care.

The endowed professorship allows Heintz to devote more time to research and to participate in international forums, including presenting papers to the United Nation’s General Assembly. Prior to his appointment as a faculty member in the economics department, Heintz was a research professor at the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI). There, his work focused on gender equality in the United States and sub-Saharan Africa and evolved to studying how economic policy affects human rights.



Michelle Budig Advances Gender Equality in the Workforce

Michelle Budig, Professor of Sociology, has been a highly influential figure in the social scientific understanding of gender inequality in the labor force in the developed world. In the past five years, she has received a multitude of awards and honors, and her work has been extensively drawn upon by policy makers and researchers. She recently gave testimony to the US Congress and the Massachusetts legislature, regularly contributes quotes to NYT and NPR, and the Government Accountability Office has asked for her input on writing federal reports on gender inequality.

In 2016, she received the Dean’s Research Excellence Award.



Anna Branch Appointed Faculty Advisor to Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence

Enobong (Anna) Branch, associate professor of sociology and director of diversity advancement for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been appointed as Chancellor Subbaswamy's new faculty advisor for diversity and excellence.

In this new role, Branch will serve on the Campus Leadership Council, representing Chancellor Subbaswamy to all campus groups, committees and councils involved in advancing diversity. She will be responsible for working with various groups such as the Faculty Senate Status of Diversity Council and the Chancellor’s Diversity Advisory Committee, as well as members of the senior administration, staff, faculty and students, to develop and implement appropriate academic initiatives to advance the campus’s diversity goals. 



Donal Carbaugh Named Distinguished Scholar

Donal Carbaugh, professor of communication, has been named a 2016 Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association (NCA). Given annually, the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award is the association’s highest accolade. It honors a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication. Recipients are selected by their peers to showcase the best of the communication discipline.

Last year, the NCA honored Carbaugh with its Outstanding Scholarship Award in Language and Social Interaction for his book Cultures in Conversation for it’s influential “classic” research. He also received the NCA’s Christine L. Oravec Research Award in Environmental Communication in 2013.