Affiliated Staff

Steven Boutcher

Steven Boutcher is Executive Officer of the Law and Society Association and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Science Research. Before coming to LSA, Steve was a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Legal Profession at Georgetown Law Center, an assistant professor of sociology and public policy at UMass, and most recently, the Executive Director of the Center for Employment Equity at UMass. Steve received his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine in 2010. Steve’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between law, organizations, and social change, particularly focusing on law and social movements and the legal profession. He is currently co-PI on a multi-year project investigating sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace. 

His own research has focused on the relationship between law, organizations, and social change. Much of his research has focused on law and social movements and he has written extensively about the institutionalization of pro bono practice in large law firms. He is currently co-PI on a large grant from the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace.

Recent Publications:

  • Boutcher, Steven A., Anna Raup-Kounovsky, and Carroll Seron. “Financing Legal Education through Student Loans: Results from a Quasi-Experiment in Tuition Remission.” Paper accepted at the Journal of Legal Education.
  • Boutcher, Steven A., J. Craig Jenkins, and Nella Van Dyke. Forthcoming. “Strain, Ethnic Competition, and Power Devaluation: White Supremacist Protest in the U.S. 1947-1997.” Social Movement Studies.
  • Boutcher, Steven A. and Holly J. McCammon. Forthcoming. “Social Movements and Litigation.” In Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Social Movements, edited by David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, Hanspeter Kriesi, and Holly J. McCammon.
  • Boutcher, Steven A. 2017. “Private Law Firms and the Public Good: The Organizational and Institutional Determinants of Law Firm Pro Bono Participation, 1993-2005.” Law & Social Inquiry 42: 543-564.
  • Boutcher, Steven A. 2016. “The Growth of Large Law Firm Pro Bono Programs.” In Beyond Elite Law: Access to Civil Justice for Americans of Average Means, edited by Samuel Estreicher and Joy Radice. New York: Cambridge University Press.


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Eric Hoyt

Eric Hoyt is Research Director of the Center for Employment Equity (CEE) and an affiliate member of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR). CEE is a research center that conducts research on workplace equity, disseminating results widely to scholars, the public, policymakers, government agencies, and the media. As the Research Director, Eric is responsible for overseeing the research activities of CEE and to manage the development of a user friendly data platform, in collaboration with faculty directors Lee BadgettFidan Ana Kurtulus, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey.

Eric Hoyt is a recent Ph.D. in economics from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He studies new labor markets that have emerged following the erosion of collective bargaining and the social welfare state.  His 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.

Sarah Vega-Liros

Sarah Vega-Liros serves as the Research Business Manager Liaison assigned to faculty, graduate students, and staff in the Colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She specializes in assisting with the submission of grant and fellowship proposals and their compliance with University policies and procedures. Sarah is also a staff member of the Research Business Manager Network, part of the Office of Research and Engagement. The RBMNet works collaboratively with School and College leadership and central administration offices to provide, manage, and continuously improve timely, high-quality, and coordinated research administrative services. Sarah spent eight years as Office Manager in the Department of Linguistics before joining ISSR in 2012.

Title: Research Business Manager Liaison
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