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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.

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On November 3, 2022, ISSR hosted a conversation with Dr. Kathy Roberts Forde, SBS Associate Dean of Equity & Inclusion, on what history teaches us about the power of news media untethered to fact-based reality to disrupt democracy and serve the goals of white nationalism.

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First generation scholars can now find support for the publishing process from the FirstGen program at the University of California Press. Check out the resources on offer!

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On October 25, 2021, ISSR and the UMass Department of Sociology's Committee on Colloquia and Social Events hosted a panel discussion among eight contributors to an important new edited volume of feminist theory and practice. Video from the online event can be viewed here for a period of 120 days.
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On October 20, 2021, ISSR celebrated Erica Scharrer's and Srividya Ramasubramanian's new book, Quantitative Research Methods in Communication: The Power of Numbers for Social Justice, an important new resource on using the power of numbers to advance social justice.

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This week, ISSR Director Joya Misra was one of the expert sources cited in the New York Times feature article on the COVID-19 pandemic's gendered impacts on faculty, and in particular the need for more thoughtful recognition in many institutions of the added burden of care that often falls to female faculty. Read the full story at The New York Times.

This week, the Center for Employment Equity released a new report entitled The COVID-19 Recession: An Opportunity to Reform our Low-Wage Economy?A shorter, public briefing paper on the same topic appears in The Conversation under the title How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk .


In response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with the decision to transition to remote course delivery at the UMass Amherst campus , we are writing to share some of our ongoing efforts to promote excellence in the social sciences during this period.