Announcing the 2018-2019 ISSR Scholars


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2018-19 ISSR Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. ISSR's mission is to promote excellence in social science research, and the Scholars Program is one of our key strategies for strengthening social science infrastructure at UMass.

This year's ISSR Scholars will receive resources and mentoring to allow them to develop innovative new research and funding proposals that have the potential to shape social theory and policy. ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar and mentorship program with the program facilitators, Laurel Smith-Doerr (Professor of Sociology and Director of ISSR, and past NSF Program Officer) and Annette Wysocki (Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing, and past NIH Program Officer). In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR Scholars are given unique opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals. Learn more about the ISSR Scholars program at our website.

Please take a moment to meet our 2018-19 Scholars, and to congratulate and wish them well. 


CARRIE-ELLEN BRIERE | Assistant Professor | College of Nursing
Project Title: Investigation of Bioactive Components of Human Milk to Protect and Promote Breastfeeding and Infant Health


ELIZABETH A. EVANS | Assistant Professor | Department of Health Promotion and Policy | School of Public Health and Health Services
Project Title: Engaging Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Use of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) as an Alternative to Opioids


JUSTIN H. GROSS | Assistant Professor | Department of Political Science | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: From Inter-Annotator Agreement to Explained Variation: Content Analytic Coding That Allows Interpretive Flexibility


LAWRENCE P. KING | Professor | Department of Economics | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: Financialization and the Pharmaceutical Crises


CHRYSTAL A. GEORGE MWANGI | Assistant Professor | Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration | College of Education
Project Title: Family & Community Engagement Among College Students of Color in STEM


KATHRYNE M. YOUNG | Assistant Professor | Department of Sociology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: Masculinity, Balance, and Compensation: A New Theory of Gender Performance