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Kawar Already Making Waves for UMass

Leila Kawar, who is one of three new faculty joining the Legal Studies program this Fall, already has two noteworthy accomplishments as a member of the Department of Political Science—the publication of her book and an award for her research.

JooHee Han (Sociology) Awarded Prestigious Dissertation Grant

JooHee Han, Department of Sociology, has been awarded a doctoral dissertation grant for $15,000 from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  Han's dissertation, titled “The Military and Incarceration: Hidden Mechanisms of Racial Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market, 1980-2010”, will study the rise of mass incarceration in relation to military downsizing. 

Student Interns Alongside Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“I’ve always been fascinated with global affairs,” says Chris Caro ’16 (political science/economics), who interned in Bangladesh this past spring with the aid of scholarships. Caro worked for Grameen Bank, an organization that was the pioneer behind the concept of microfinance. Muhammad Yunus, pictured with Caro, won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and developing the ideas of microfinance and microcredit.

The Business World Needs Communication Majors: A Student's Perspective

“I think it would be tremendously difficult for a business in today’s market to thrive without the knowledge that someone who studies communication could provide,” says Emily Champagne ’16 (communication).

Interning at the Heart of Government, Politics, and Policy Making

What could be better for a political science and legal studies major with aspirations in government and law than spending a summer interning in the nation’s capital? Two summers interning, of course, and Josh Odam ’17, of Brooklyn, NY, couldn’t be happier.

Yearlong Lecture Series Offers Perspectives on Resistance

We are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2015-2016 Social Science Matters speaker series, Perspectives on Resistance. 

UMass Begins Search for Inaugural Director of School of Public Policy

Building on the success of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the founding director will be in a unique position to lead a faculty hiring strategy, to make the SPP a national and international hub for policy debates, and to create multidisciplinary programs that prepare students for life-long engagement with public issues. 

Internship Shows Barowich Important Work Isn't Always Glamorous

While working this summer to strengthen opportunities for Massachusetts women in politics, Kelsey Barowich (MPP ’16) is learning a vital lesson: Just because work is important does not necessarily mean it is also glamorous.

Celebrating Graduation 20,000 Feet Up

Alex Calder, recent graduate of the resource economics department and his fellow UMass roommate Jeff Rogers summited Alaska’s Mount McKinley, located in the Denali National Park and Preserve, this past May. Only 50% of climbers who attempt the climb ever make it to Denali’s summit.

The "Ivory Ceiling" and Retention of Women in Academia

UMass sociologists Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra report their research findings on the retention and level among tenure-line faculty, most notably women associate professors.  

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