To accommodate students' broad interests and diverse backgrounds, course requirements are flexible.

People in STPEC


STPEC Program Staff

All staff can be contacted at: STPEC Program Office, E-27A Machmer Hall, 413 545-0043

Sigrid Schmalzer  

Sigrid Schmalzer, STPEC Program Director
Phone: 413 545-6776
Associate Professor of History
631 Herter Hall
Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (2004)
Fields of interest: Modern Chinese history, history of science, history of popular culture
web site:

Graciela monteagudo  

Graciela Monteagudo, STPEC Associate Director
Phone: 413 545-3883
Lecturer, STPEC Program
E-27C Machmer Hall
Ph.D., Anthropology, UMass Amherst, 2011
Certificates from UMass Amherst in
Latin American Studies (2011) and Women's Studies (2009)
MFA-IA, Goddard College, Vermont (2001)
Fields of interest: Neoliberalism, Women of South America


Deborah Reiter, Program Coordinator
Phone: 413 545-6398
B.A. Theatre, Point Park University (1983), UMass Amherst staff since 1988, STPEC Program Coordinator since 1991


Katherine Mallory, Chief Academic Advisor and Internship Director
on leave until December 2014
Phone: 413 545-0137
B.A. Religion, Davidson College (1989), M.Ed. in Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst (2006)

Tyler Rocco  

Tyler Rocco-Chaffee, Assistant Academic Advisor
Phone: 413 545-3883
Social Thought and Political Economy Senior, UMass Amherst (2010)


Sara Lennox, STPEC Program Director Emeritus
Professor of German and Scandinavian Studies, Ph.D Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin Madison (1973), UMass faculty since 1974, STPEC Director 1981-2012