The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Misra appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

Joya Misra | UMass Amherst Sociology

Joya Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, has been appointed Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), for a three-year term effective September 1, 2019.

Misra succeeds Laurel Smith-Doerr, who has served as Director of ISSR since 2012, building it into a vibrant center for promoting excellence in social science research. Misra expressed that she was “delighted to have this opportunity, given the impact that ISSR has had on the college and university under the leadership of Laurel Smith-Doerr.”

“Joya brings a wealth of experience in creating and leading interdisciplinary research teams,” said John A. Hird, Dean of SBS. “It is with great excitement that we look forward to welcoming her as the new director of ISSR,” he added.

Misra was appointed to the position by Dean Hird, following the work of a search committee chaired by Senior Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Development, Jen Lundquist (Sociology), and committee members Krista Harper (Anthropology), Karen Mason (ISSR), Tatishe Nteta (Political Science) and Maureen Perry-Jenkins (Center for Research on Families).

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May 24, 2019