Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Office of External Relations and University Events
Professor M.V. Lee Badgett, who holds a joint position in Economics and the School of Public Policy will be honored along with seven others at the University’s Faculty Convocation at 2 pm on October 11, in the Campus Center Auditorium.
An influential scholar-activist and social commentator, Badgett is a world-leading expert on the economic and policy dimensions of sexual orientation. Professor Badgett is the author or coauthor of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 18 book chapters, and four books. She produces policy-relevant research, including more than 70 policy reports on the economic, legal, and political frameworks governing the way people of different sexual orientation live their lives. She has played a prominent role as a public intellectual on issues of sexual orientation and public policy: giving interviews, writing op-ed pieces, presenting expert testimony in important cases, and offering advice to policy makers in the U.S. and other countries. She is a speaker in high demand to give comment on these topics in the global community. Her op-ed pieces have appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. As an important scholarly voice on marriage equality and sexual and gender equality, she has been profiled on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and CNN’s American Morning.
Professor Badgett is internationally renowned for her innovative, practical, and reliable analysis of the economic and policy implications of same-sex marriage and LGBT human rights, and her work has been cited and supported by the United Nations and World Bank.