News and Events

Legal Studies Alum Focuses on Music, Law, and International Social Justice

“International social justice work is not an easy path,” says Michael Otto ’03 (legal studies), “but it is often very exciting and rewarding!” Otto, who helped to found Tiny Toones, a non-profit organization which uses music to empower at-risk youth in Cambodia, says his major helped to make much of his social justice work possible.

Dube Research on Minimum Wage Tapped by White House, Media

Research by Arin Dube (economics) on minimum wage has been widely cited lately, including by President Obama in his State of the Union address when he called to increase the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour and then indexing it to inflation.

UMass Delegation Participates in International Workshop at University of Barcelona

Two anthropology faculty and five graduate students took part in an international workshop on the theme of “Space, Placemaking, and the Politics of the Local” at the University of Barcelona in early February.

Civic Initiative Director Hannahan Meets with Young Leaders in Pakistan

After bringing over 63 Pakistani students to the UMass Amherst campus for the past three summers as participants of the Pakistani Young Leaders program, political science professor Mike Hannahan traveled to Islamabad in January, where he oversaw a reunion of that program’s alumni.

Shulman's Text Analytic Software Purchased by Canada-based Vision Critical

After more than a decade in development, DiscoverText, a cloud-based text analytic software developed by Assistant Professor Stuart Shulman (political science), in part through his Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) Lab, has been purchased by Vision Critical, a Vancouver-based provider of consumer insight technologies and services. Shulman will be VP for text analytics.

Fulbright Award Goes to Alvarez for Research in Brazil

Sonia Alvarez, Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS), has received a Fulbright Lecturer/Research Award to support her research on feminism in Brazil. This award is not her first entry into the Fulbright community. Alvarez received a Fulbright-CIES Lecture-Research Award in 1992 and a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship for 1982-83.

The Green Latrine

Graduate students Katie Fox and Sally Miller (landscape architecture and regional planning) are part of Team Green Latrine that is competing in the UMass Innovation Challenge Competition. The team is advised by Dr. Caitlyn Butler (civil & environmental engineering), who created the Microbial Fuel Cell Latrine. They all traveled to Ghana last May to install the first latrine.

Dean Feldman on Lance Armstrong's Case

Dean Robert S. Feldman, expert on lying, comments at length in the Boston Globe's front-page article on Lance Armstrong. “Like the rest of us who lie, and most of us do in our daily lives, [Armstrong’s apparent deception] is easy to push aside cognitively. For most people, it won’t eat away at them on a daily basis. We humans are good at compartmentalizing.”

Ford Foundation Grants $500K to “Hear Our Stories” Project

On New Year’s Eve 2012 Aline Gubrium (public health) and Elizabeth (Betsy) Krause (anthropology) had a fantastic reason to celebrate. That’s when they learned their “Hear Our Stories” grant proposal to the Ford Foundation’s Sexuality Research Initiative was funded with $500,000 over two years, starting immediately.

Econ Grad Student MacDonald Wins Prestigious Awards

Graduate student Daniel MacDonald (economics) is the recipient of a $5,000 William R. Waters Research Grant for his project, "Social Economics: Social Justice and Institutions in Historical Perspective."