Past Scholars

2016 to 2017

Elena Carbone

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Department of Nutrition (School of Public Health and Health Sciences)

“Multi-Center Study Exploring Women’s Perceptions of Health Literacy Needs and Support during Prenatal, Intrapartum, and Postnatal Periods”

Dr. Carbone’s work integrates theory informed, behavioral interventions into community-based settings to promote health and prevent...

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Katherine Dixon-Gordon

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (College of Natural Sciences)

Learning in Borderline Personality Disorder and Its Treatment

Dr. Dixon-Gordon’s work focuses on the cognitive and affective processes underlying psychopathology, particularly borderline personality disorder, and its treatment. Dr. Dixon-Gordon plans to use her residency in...

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412-545-0226

Sanjiv Gupta

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

“Prisoners, Soldiers and the Coercive Welfare System of the U.S.”

Dr. Gupta's research to date has focused on disparities in time spent doing housework. He will use the ISSR residency to further a new line of research into the hidden, coercive “welfare” regime in the U.S....

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Janice Irvine

Professor
Department of Sociology (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

“Nuts, Sluts, and Perverts: Sociology’s Rocky Romance with Deviance”

This project is a genealogy of the sociology of deviance, 1945-1979. It situates the sociology of deviance in its Cold War historical moment and examines it in relation to other forms of knowledge production...

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Anita Milman

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Conservation (College of Natural Sciences)

Analyzing the Emergence of Environmental Governance: Groundwater Sustainability Agencies in California

Dr. Milman’s research investigates the multi-level governance of water resources in order to understand human responses to hydro-climatic change and other causes of...

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413-545-3749

Elizabeth Sharrow

Assistant Professor
Departments of Political Science and History (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

From Athletes to Citizens: Title IX’s Unanticipated Consequences

Dr. Sharrow’s research focuses on the politics of sex and gender in the United States.  She is particularly interested in the politics of public policy in contemporary U.S. history.  She will use her...

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Ryan Wells

Associate Professor
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration
“A Spatial Analysis of Opportunity and Inequality in Sub-baccalaureate Education”
 
Dr. Wells' research focuses on college access and success for underrepresented students. As an ISSR Scholar, Dr. Wells will develop a proposal for funding that...
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413-545-0871

2015 to 2016

Rosemary Cowell

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

“Computational and Experimental Studies of Forgetting in Amnesia and Aging”

Dr. Cowell’s work examines memory and visual perception in the human brain. Dr. Cowell plans to use her residency in the ISSR Scholars Program to expand on her current research...

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413 545-1832

Ina Ganguli

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)
“The Emergence of Gender Differences in Scientific Careers: New Data and Evidence on the Role of Family, Mentors and Collaborators”
 
Dr. Ganguli’s research focuses on gender differences in the labor market. Dr. Ganguli will use her residency in the...
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413 545-2590

Lauren McCarthy

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science / Legal Studies (College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

“Policing the Police from the Ground Up: A Comparative Study of Grassroots Civilian Oversight Initiatives”

Dr. McCarthy’s research focuses on citizen-police relations, particularly in Russia. Dr. McCarthy plans to use her residency in the ISSR Scholars Program to develop a...

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413 545-1991

Rachel Walker

Assistant Professor
College of Nursing
"Thrive@Home: Randomized-Controlled Trial of a Biobehavioral-Environmental Approach to Promote Activity and Reduce Symptom Interference during Breast Cancer Survivorship"
 
Dr. Walker investigates solutions for creating and maintaining a sense of well-being...
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413 545-0250

SeonYeong Yu

Assistant Professor
Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies (College of Education)
“Supporting Families to Promote Young Children’s Positive Attitudes towards Peers with Disabilities”
 
Dr. Yu’s research focuses on the role parents and caregivers play in supporting children’s attitudes towards peers with disabilities. As an...
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413 545-0010

2014 to 2015

Dania Francis

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics
Dania Francis broadly studies the fields of labor economics and public economics with particular attention given to racial and ethnic inequalities.  She completed her PhD in May 2013 at Duke University, where her dissertation research centered on the economics of education, focusing on the...
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Naomi Gerstel

Distinguished University Professor and ISSR Scholar Mentor
Department of Sociology

Naomi Gerstel is Distinguished University Professor and professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. With Dr. Mary Fechner (Office of Research and Development), Gerstel serves as Mentor to the ISSR Scholars. Gerstel’s research and courses focus on family, carework, job...

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Ray La Raja

Associate Professor
Department of Political Science

Raymond J. La Raja is an associate professor in political science and associate director of the UMass Poll, which conducts Internet-based surveys of voters nationally. His research focuses on political parties, interest groups, elections and campaign finance. He is the author of ...

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Bernhard Leidner

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, Peace and Violence Program

Berni Leidner received his PhD from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2010, and came to UMass-Amherst in the summer of 2011. His research focuses on processes of social identification and intergroup relations, primarily in the context of large social categories such as...

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Rebecca Ready

Associate Professor
Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Rebecca Ready is Director of Clinical Training and Division Head for the Clinical Division in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.  She is a clinical neuropsychologist with expertise in the assessment of emotion regulation in healthy aging and in clinical...

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Kristine Yu

Assistant Professor
Department of Linquistics
Kristine Yu’s primary area of study is tone and intonation in human language (Samoan, Somali)—the way in which we use variations in vocal pitch to indicate contrasts in: 1) word meanings (e.g., in Mandarin, ma pronounced with a flat, high pitch means “mother,” but pronounced with a...
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2013 to 2014

Jeungok Choi

Associate Professor
College of Nursing

Jeungok Choi, RN, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, School of Nursing (SON). She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Tufts University with concentrations in Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a PhD in Nursing Boston College.  She also had a...

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Mary Fechner

Proposal Development Specialist and ISSR Scholars Co-Facilitator
Office of Research Development

Mary Fechner is the Proposal Development Specialist for the Office of Research Development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Fechner also co-facilitates the ISSR Scholars program, togteher with Dr. Naomi Gerstel (Sociology). She supports faculty in proposal development and...

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Jennifer Lundquist

Professor, Department of Sociology (SBS) and Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Development, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Henry Renski

Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning

Henry Renski joined the faculty of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) in the fall of 2007, and served as Associate Director of ISSR from 2012-2018.  He teaches courses in quantitative methods, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and...

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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey

Professor
Department of Sociology
Don Tomaskovic-Devey is interested in the processes that generate workplace inequality. His research encompasses the impact of financialization on U.S. income distribution, workplace desegregation and equal opportunity, network models of labor market structure, and relational inequality as a...
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Amanda Walker Johnson

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Amanda Walker Johnson is a cultural anthropologist interested in the intersection of critical race theory, anthropology of science, and critical educational theory, and is committed to conducting research and pedagogy as work for social justice. Walker Johnson’s research examines the ways in...

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Emily West

Associate Professor
Department of Communications

Emily West’s research interests are in the areas of promotional culture, media and cultural studies of health, qualitative research methods, and gender and performance. She is the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Advertising and Promotional Culture (Routledge, 2013)....

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Kevin Young

Associate Director, ISSR and Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Kevin Young serves as Associate Director of ISSR. He earned his PhD from the London School of Economics, and joined the Department of Political Science at UMass in 2012. He is a scholar of International Political Economy who specializes in the study of financial power,...
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2012 to 2013

Ryan Acton

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology, CSSI

Ryan Acton is part of a select group of interdisciplinary researchers as part of a new UMass initiative on computational social science, continuing his work on social networks, online behavior, and research methodology. During his tenure at the NCASD Lab, Acton was a key figure in many...

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Whitney Battle-Baptiste

Assistant Professor
Department of Anthropology

Whitney Battle-Baptiste is a historical archaeologist who focuses primarily on the historical intersection of race, class, and gender in the shaping of cultural landscapes across the African diaspora.  Her theoretical interests include Black feminist theory, African American material and...

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Enobong Branch

Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology

Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch the Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Her research interests are in race, racism, and inequality; intersectional theory; work and occupations; and historical...

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Michelle Budig

Professor and Chair
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Martha Fuentes-Bautista

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication and Center for Public Policy and Administration

Martha Fuentes-Bautista is an assistant professor in the Center for Public Policy and Administration and Department of Communication. She conducts research on the social and policy implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs), with a particular focus on how ICTs exacerbate...

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Elisabeth Hamin

Associate Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Elisabeth Hamin is the Head of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.  She teaches and researches in land use planning, with a particular focus on planning for climate change adaptation.  Through studios and projects, she works with regional planning agencies and...

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Fidan Ana Kurtulus

Associate Professor
Department of Economics

Fidan Ana Kurtulus’ research explores a number of topics in labor economics, including the organization of workers within firms, participatory workplace practices and employee ownership, causes and consequences of workplace diversity, and long-term effects of affirmative action legislation on...

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Rahsaan Maxwell

Former Assistant Professor of Political Science: Currently an Associate Professor of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapil Hill
Political Science

Rahsaan Maxwell’s research examines the politics of ethnic, racial, religious, and immigrant-origin minorities, with a particular focus on Western Europe.  He has explored these issues from numerous angles, including political representation, participation, identity, discrimination, and...

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Marta Murray-Close

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics

Marta Murray-Close’s research focuses on the diversity of modern family arrangements with a special interest in the economics of gender and sexual orientation and the economics of nontraditional families. She explores the implications of work-family trade-offs for the personal and professional...

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Ventura R. Pérez

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology

Ventura Perez studies bio-archaeology with a primary area of interest in interpersonal and institutional forms of violence. His work focuses on cultural representations of violence using an interdisciplinary inquiry that includes social science and behavioral and biological research (...

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Robert L. Ryan

Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Professor Ryan, FASLA is the Graduate Program Director for the Dual Degree Master’s Program in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning.  His courses have an interdisciplinary framework, integrating the work of landscape architects, planners, and allied professionals in...

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