The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Current Fellow Profiles

Leontine Alkema, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics

Leontine Alkema develops statistical models to assess trends in reproductive, maternal, and child health worldwide. During her Public Engagement Fellowship, Alkema will develop materials to increase understanding and usage of model-based estimates to inform health policies and programs.

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Sanjay Arwade, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Sanjay R. Arwade conducts research to improve the quality of offshore wind energy infrastructure.  Society benefits from this research by having access to a clean, renewable, secure, and reliable energy source.  Industry and the federal and state governments partner to realize the potential of offshore wind and supporting that partnership is the key goal of Prof. Arwade’s public engagement plan.

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Megan Lewis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Theater

Megan Lewis studies how whiteness or white racial identity plays out in nations and how theatre can inspire social change. As a PEP Fellow, she will use op eds, podcasts, and public talks to encourage conversations across racial divides and model how white folks can contribute to a more just world.

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Rebecca Ready, Ph.D.

Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

Becky Ready studies aging and well-being.  As a PEP Fellow, she will disseminate information about the science of the psychology of aging to the public to (a) dispel negative stereotypes about growing older and (b) improve decisions made by older adults and made by healthcare providers who care for older adults.

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Jamie Rowen, Ph.D., J.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Jamie Rowen studies how law is used to solve social and political problems related to war. As a PEP Fellow, she hopes to translate her research for legislators, advocates, and the general public to better understand how law and legal institutions can help, and not harm, vulnerable populations such as immigrants, survivors of conflict, and veterans.

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Elizabeth (Libby) Sharrow, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Elizabeth Sharrow’s research identifies the challenges for and consequences of implementing sex non-discrimination policy in the United States, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and sexual harassment policies in the workplace.  As a PEP Fellow, Sharrow will develop a strategy to share her research findings with policymakers, professional associations, and leaders in academia.

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Margaret (Meg) Vickery, Ph.D.

Lecturer, History of Art & Architecture

Meg Vickery’s research shows how landscapes benefit from uniting utility, beauty, and community. As a Public Engagement Fellow, she will communicate the value of art, architecture, and landscape architecture in the design of infrastructures such as power production, water treatment plants, and agriculture.

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In appreciation of their generous support, the UMass Public Engagement Project would like to thank the Office of the ProvostUniversity Relations, and the Colleges of Natural SciencesSocial and Behavioral Sciences Humanities and Fine ArtsEngineeringPublic Health, and Education.  The UMass Public Engagement Project also recognizes and appreciates in-kind contributions and collaborations with the Center for Research on Families and the Institute for Social Science Research