Faculty/Staff Profiles

Michelle Budig, Sociology, Receives SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award

Michelle Budig, Professor of Sociology, has been awarded the SBS Dean's Research Excellence Award. This award recognizes distinguished achievement in scholarship and research, and recipients are nominated by their peers.

Leila Kawar Awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize

Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, was awarded the Herbert Jacob Book Prize by the Law and Society Association. Kawar's book, Contesting Immigration Policy in Court: Legal Activism and Its Radiating Effects in the United States and France, was chosen from a competitive pool of nominees for 'best book in Law and Society scholarship published in 2015'. She shares the honor with co-winner Ellen Berrey from the University of Denver, author of The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Race and the Limits of Racial Justice.

Charles Schweik Named SPP Interim Director

Charles (Charlie) Schweik will assume the position of interim director of the School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on June 1, 2016. He succeeds M.V. Lee Badgett, who is stepping down after three successful terms as director.

Jasmine Kerrissey and Rodrigo Zamith Selected as 2016 Lilly Fellows

Jasmine Kerrissey, assistant professor of sociology and labor studies, and Rodrigo Zamith, assistant professor of journalism, have been selected as two of the 2016-17 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.

Carol Heim Receives 2016 SBS Outstanding Teaching Award

This year’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes Carol Heim, Professor of Economics at UMass Amherst since 1981. 

Senior LARP Urban Design Studio Receives 2016 BSLA Merit Award

The Senior Urban Design Studio in Landscape Architecture has received the 2016 Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. The award was given in the student category for the work done on the project, Claiming Market Place.

The Center for Public Policy is Now the School of Public Policy

Formerly known as the Center for Public Policy & Administration (CPPA), the establishment of the School of Public Policy (SPP) was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees in September 2015.  The Class of 2016 will be the first graduates of the new School.

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey Awarded the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, sociology, along with Melinda Novak, psychological and brain sciences and David Reckhow, civil and environmental engineering, are the recipients of the 2016-17 University of Massachusetts Amherst Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships.

Fountain Makes Recommendations for Next Administration

Political Science Professor Jane Fountain’s white paper, Building an Enterprise Government: Creating an Ecosystem for Cross-Agency Collaboration in the Next Administration, makes recommendations for building enterprise approaches in government. It was published on Monday, March 14, 2016 jointly by the Partnership for Public Service and IBM Center for the Business of Government

Inside the Classroom with Milena Marchesi of Anthropology

We took a peek inside Milena Marchesi's Spring 2016 semester course, Anthropology 205: Inequality and Oppression.