Current Fellow Profiles

Elizabeth Evans, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Policy

Elizabeth Evans studies how the opioid epidemic and other types of substance abuse affect men and women differently.  As a PEP fellow, she will write policy briefs, develop an online presence, and engage criminal justice leaders, focusing on prevention and intervention strategies that address the different needs of women and men.

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Ezekiel Kimball, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research, and Administration

Ezekiel Kimball is an expert on the post-secondary student success trajectories of students with disabilities.  During his Public Engagement Fellowship, he will engage community groups and nonprofits, write pieces for non-academic audiences, and develop a program to provide advice about college-going to students with disabilities.

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Karen Kurczynski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of History of Art and Architecture

Professor Kurczynski studies the history of avant-garde art and its relevance to politically engaged art today.  As a Public Engagement Fellow, she will write articles for the general public about how art can open minds and suggest solutions to major social problems--from the immigration and refugee crisis to the representation of marginalized communities.

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Matthew Lackner, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Matthew Lackner's research focus on offshore wind energy systems. As a PEP fellow, he will use his research to contribute to the policy and public conversations on offshore wind development in Massachusetts and the U.S.

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Jenna Marquard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

Jenna Marquard researches how to improve the design of health information technologies that physicians and nurses use to make decisions.  As a PEP Fellow, she will develop best practice guidelines on how such technologies can best transmit complex health-related information to doctors and nurses.  These guidelines can aid health information technology vendors who design user interfaces, and federal policymakers who regulate the implementation of these technologies.

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Timothy Randhir, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation

Dr. Timothy Randhir is an expert in the watershed science and policy.  His research focuses on how land use and climate change affect water resources.  During his Public Engagement Fellowship, Dr. Randhir will engage municipal officials, policy makers, and general public on how to prepare for climate change through better land and water management.

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Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Sociology​, Founding Director of the Center for Employment Equity

Dr. Tomaskovic-Devey is an expert in workplace diversity and inequality.  He recently co-founded the Center for Employment Equity at UMass.  As a PEP fellow, he will be sharing the Center's high-quality social science evidence on workplace diversity and discrimination with journalists, activists and firms.

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Elsbeth Walker, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biology

Elsbeth Walker is an expert in the processes that plants use to acquire iron from the environment. During her Public Engagement Fellowship, Walker will engage the general public and policy makers to show how her basic research discoveries provide new knowledge necessary to engineer crop plants that combat iron deficiency, the ‘hidden hunger’ that afflicts close to 2 billion people around the world.  

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