Faculty/Staff Profiles

Dr. Gerald Epstein Receives Prestigious Awards

Gerald A. Epstein, Professor of Economics and a founding Co-Director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), has received the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honor given by the campus in recognition of service to the University, along with the Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Award, which consists of a cash award and a year's leave of absence to encourage recipients to concentrate on activities related to graduate education, research, creative work and scholarly attainment.

Janice Irvine Receives Fulbright Award to Romania

Janice Irvinve, professor of sociology, has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and study in Romania for the 2015 fall semester.

Sylvia Brandt Selected to Join CRF Family Research Scholars

Sylvia Brandt, associate professor of resource economics and public policy, is one of six faculty members chosen to be part of the 2015-16 CRF Family Research Scholars Program. "I am deeply honored to be working with CRF and this stellar group of scholars," says Brandt.

Provost Wins National Public Understanding of Sociology Award

Katherine S. Newman, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been awarded the 2015 American Sociological Association’s Public Understanding of Sociology Award.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Janice Irvine

Dr. Janice Irvine (sociology) was profiled on DatingAdvice.com, a site dedicated to bringing advice from dating experts to the consumers. This site has been featured on prominent news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The Huffington Post, and more. DatingAdvice.com reached out to Irvine to discuss her recent studies on sexuality: namely, her article titled "Is Sexuality Research 'Dirty Work?'"

Whitney Battle-Baptiste Named Director of W.E.B. Du Bois Center

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Mari Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda (communication) has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester.

SBS Faculty Members Named Public Engagement Project Fellows

Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/CPPA), Paul Collins (legal studies) and Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) are three of nine recipients of the 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellowship.

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