Lee Badgett, economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration

Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration and professor of economics

Phone: (o) 413-545-3162

Email: lbadgett@econs.umass.edu

M. V. Lee Badgett is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of same-sex marriage, and is interviewed frequently in media coverage of gay marriage efforts both domestically and internationally.

For her testimony in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial challenging California’s Proposition 8, Badgett drew from research she conducted for her book When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, which addressed the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. Her other publications include Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men and the co-edited Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective

She recently directed a successful four-year project funded by the Ford Foundation to encourage more and better data collection on sexual orientation.

In addition to her work at UMass Amherst, Badgett also serves as research director for the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law.