Leadership Team

Donald Tomaskovic-Devey | Executive Director

Donald Tomaskovic-Deveyis a Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Since 2001 he has been a Research Analyst at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission under an Intergovernmental Personnel Act appointment. He most recently worked on the internal EEOC task force to create the Commission’s research and data plan. He has published multiple articles using EEO-1 private sector data and his 2012 monograph with Kevin Stainback Documenting Desegregation: Racial and Gender Segregation in Private Sector Employment since the Civil Rights Act (Russell Sage Foundation) is the only book-length evaluation of the impact of the Civil Rights Act on private sector employment. His recent testimony before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission can be found here. He is a founding member of the University of Massachusetts’Computational Social Science Institute.

Eric Hoyt | Research Director

Eric Hoyt is a recent Ph.D. in economics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Eric studies new labor markets that have emerged following the erosion of collective bargaining and the social welfare state.  Eric's dissertation investigates the impact of policy restrictions on labor market flexibility on the part of employers, in particular their ability to fire workers, on wages, union membership, tenure, and training. Before joining CEE, Eric was a visiting scholar with the Tufts University Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning. 

M.V. Lee Badgett | Faculty Director

M.V. Lee Badgett is a Professor of Economics and a distinguished scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. She recently was a lead member of the internal EEOC task force to create the Commission’s research and data plan. Her book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, addresses the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. Her current research projects include an analysis of the first years of EEOC data on sex discrimination charges that are related to sexual orientation and gender identity. She has also used EEOC data to study the impact of statewide sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination laws on employers. Her most recent book, The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World, shows how research can be better communicated to policymakers, businesses, lawyers, the media, and the general public.

Fidan Kurtulus | Faculty Director

Fidan Ana Kurtulus is a Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has also been Wertheim Fellow at Harvard Law School and Women and Public Policy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Professor Kurtulus conducts research on the causes and consequences of workplace diversity and the long-term effects of affirmative action legislation at American workplaces since the Civil Rights Movement.  She also conducts research on participatory workplace practices and broad-based employee stock ownership, and authored the 2017 book with Doug Kruse titled How Did Employee Ownership Firms Weather the Last Two Recessions? Employee Ownership, Employment Stability, and Firm Survival: 1999-2011 (Upjohn Institute for Employment Research). She has published numerous scholarly articles using restricted-access data from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO-1 files and EEO-4 files) examining the employment progress of women and minorities over the last several decades. She has also been a technical advisor to the EEOC on their recent efforts to begin collecting pay data from private sector firms.

Steve Boutcher | Research Affiliate

Steve Boutcher is the Executive Offer of the Law and Society Association, and Senior Research Fellow at the UMass Institute for Social Science Research. Steve was previously the Executive Director of the Center for Employment Equity. Steve's research has focused on the relationship between law, organizations, and social change, and he is currently co-PI on a large grant from the Department of Labor focusing on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace with Lee Badgett and Amanda Baumle (Sociology, University of Houston). Steve holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University, and a Master’s and doctoral degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine.

Amanda K. Baumle | Research Affiliate

Amanda K. Baumle is Department Chair and Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston. Her research and teaching are focused in the areas of sociology of law and the demography of sexuality. She has published books and articles that examine the intersections of law and demographic outcomes for sexual minorities, with a particular emphasis on employment and family outcomes. Her most recent book, Legalizing LGBT Families: How the Law Shapes Parenthood, examines the way that LGBT parents in varying legal contexts understand and incorporate the law in their family formation and parenting decisions. Her current research, with Lee Badgett and Steven Boutcher, involves the first analysis of EEOC charges on sexual orientation and gender identity employment discrimination. She was a Public Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law and previously practiced labor and employment law.

Matt Rattigan | Research Affiliate

Matt is the Director of Research Programs a the University of Massachusetts Center for Data Science, where he spearheads a workforce analytics research initiative.  His research focuses on applying machine learning methods to the workforce domain (learning sequence models of career paths, using relational graphical models to explain career transition, discovering topic structure in course materials and job descriptions, etc.).  Prior to joining UMass, Matt co-founded Edgeflip, a data-intensive social media startup focused serving social good organizations.  In 2012, Matt was a part of the transformational analytics team at Obama For America, where he led the campaign's targeted social media efforts.  He has also worked as a data scientist in the financial services industry.  Matt holds a BA from Wesleyan University, and an MA and PhD in Computer Science from UMass. 

Ina Ganguli | Research Affiliate

Ina Ganguli is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Associate Director of the UMass Computational Social Science Institute (CSSI).  Her primary research areas are labor economics and the economics of science and innovation. Her recent research has focused on the migration of high-skill workers, gender disparities in the labor market, and the formation of scientific collaborations.  She is currently working on a new project examining the impacts of employer discrimination and worker diversity on firm performance and innovation.  She is also a Research Affiliate of the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard University (LISH) and a Research Fellow at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics.  

Joya Misra | Research Affiliate

Joya Misra is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on gender and racial disparities in workplaces, including a large project with Kyla Walters on retail clothing workers in the 21st century. A recent project with Marta Murray-Close and Eunjung Jee explores the motherhood wage penalty over time in the U.S. She also has substantial research, primarily with Michelle Budig and Irene Boeckmann, that explores how policies can mediate the motherhood wage penalty, and the gender gap in wages and employment. Finally, she also explores inequalities in academic employment, with a a focus on how gender, race, and nationality intersect to affect faculty experiences and success.

Michael Ash | Research Affiliate

Michael Ash is professor of economics and public policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. With colleague James K. Boyce, Ash co-directs the Corporate Toxics Information Project of the Political Economy Research Institute, which publishes the Toxic 100 index identifying top US polluters. Their current research uses data from US EPA and US EEOC to assess the trade-off between pollution exposure and employment opportunities with particular attention to the exposure and employment of racial and ethnic minorities. Ash served as staff labor economist for the President's Council of Economic Advisers in 1995-1996 and as Princeton Project 55 Fellow for the Trenton Office of Policy Studies (NJ) in 1991-1992.

Jasmine Kerrissey | Research Affiliate

Jasmine Kerrissey in an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Labor Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her research focuses on work, inequality, and labor movements. Most recently, she is working on a project which analyzes EEOC data on the public sector, along with Don Tomaskovic-Devey and Steve Boutcher. This project uses an organizational and institutional lens to examine diversity and precarity in public worksites since the 1980s. Jasmine holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine and a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University. 

Carly McCann | Research Assistant

Carly McCann is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Economics at UMass Amherst. 

JooHee Han | Research Assistant

JooHee Han recently received his PhD in Sociology at the UMass Amherst. His research interests include Labor Markets; Social Stratification and Mobility; International Migration; Crime and Mass Incarceration; The Military Life Course; Cumulative (Dis)Advantage; Work and Occupations; Research Methods; Statistics.