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Congratulations to Elizabeth Sharrow and co-author James Druckman on the publication of their new book, Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX's Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports (Cambridge University Press). This work offers a critical appraisal of the institutional dynamics and mixed legacies of Title IX - rooted in research on the experiences of those the policy has affected.

Grid of six people's photographic portraits, in two rows of three - these are the ISSR Scholars for 2023-24.


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of the 2023-24 ISSR Scholars. This year's cohort brings an especially strong focus to vital questions in public policy, democrat inclusion, and public opinion. These six faculty members were selected from a competitive field of applicants, based on the strength and complementarity of their proposals to develop important new research spanning cultural, economic, environmental and political domains.

ISSR Director and Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, Joya Misra.

Please join us in celebrating the election of Joya Misra to the Presidency of the American Sociological Association (ASA). Dr. Misra, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Social Science Research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will serve as ASA president-elect for one year before ascending to the organization’s leadership role in August 2023, as the organization's 115th President.


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 ISSR Scholars, who represent three colleges and seven departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Krista Harper, Acting Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, notes, “Social science uncovers the human dimensions of societal and global problems, and ISSR is thrilled to launch work with this cohort of innovative social scientists.”

One of the many ways that the Center for Research on Families carries out its vision, to advance the health and well-being of all families, is through its student program offerings. CRF's student award program recognizes outstanding student research in the many fields that encompass family studies. They offer three categories of awards.

A research team including Charlie Schweik and Brenda Bushouse of the University of Massachusetts Amherst has been awarded $3.4 million in grants from the National Science Foundation’s Growing Convergence Research program for their project, “Jumpstarting Successful Open-Source Software Projects with Evidence-based Rules and Structures.”