Professor Lisa Saunders – In Memoriam

The Department of Economics recently lost a deeply appreciated and loved member of our community. Prof. Lisa Saunders passed away unexpectedly this May. Lisa set an outstanding example on how to use research and teaching to make economics a better and more inclusive discipline and to make the world more just. She was devoted to students, inspiring some to become economists and encouraged all students to think more critically about economics and the economy.

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Professor Fidan Ana Kurtulus speaks at the National Academy of Sciences

Fidan Ana Kurtulus, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and founding co-director of the University of Massachusetts Center for Employment Equity, was invited to speak on a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine Committee on Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Organizations on April 21, 2022.  Professor Kurtulus, who is an expert in US legal and regulatory structures on antidiscrimination and gender and race employment diversity, spoke about research evidence on the efficacy of government and firm policies that promote racial equity at workplaces. The project was spurred by efforts of the Chairwoman of the House Science Committee, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and the Committee has been tasked by the National Academies to address bias and racism in STEM workplaces and offer approaches to increase racial and ethnic diversity at STEM workplaces.

Ph.D. Candidate, April Burrage, is the First Author of a Sloan Foundation funded study

Ph.D. Candidate, April Burrage, is the First Author of a Sloan Foundation funded study released to the public. Second Nature, an NGO, collaborated with Anna Goldstein to discuss The Future of Academic Research on Climate Solutions. They examined the current landscape of climate solutions research at higher education institutions and provide key high level recommendations for more effective federally funded  academic research on climate solutions. Read more...

Statement on Racist Violence and Social Exclusion

Black Lives Matter. We declare and affirm this truth in the face of any verbal or material attempt to deny it. The current tragedies and structures of violence, exclusion and exploitation of Black people were made by human actors.  They date back to colonial times and slavery but persist to today. Teaching and research in the economics profession have often served to legitimize such structures portraying them as the outcome of the free and fair play of the market. The UMass Economics Department has a long tradition of research dedicated to uncovering structures of oppression, exploitation, exclusion and violence. This tradition must be rethought and adapted to place racial injustice at the center, as a dimension that should not be overlooked.

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