The University of Massachusetts Amherst


PEP Fellow Collins widely cited for Supreme Court Expertise

Paul Collins, PEP Fellow, has been cited in various articles and news coverage regarding Justice Scalia's death and replacement: 

"UMass legal studies professor: Court appointee will likely be named within weeks" published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on February 15, 2016.

"UMass Supreme Court expert calls Republican strategy ‘risky’ " published by WWLP News 22 on February 14, 2016. 

"Bill Martinez Show" on February 15, 2016. 

Join PEP Fellow Miliann Kang at John Hopkins University on February 17th, 2016!

The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies invites you to attend a discussion on gender, work and family in South Korea. The panel will provide an overview of gender research on South Korea as well as presentations of in-depth case studies on transnational parenting focused on elite education and gendered politics in the South Korean labor movement.

With presentations from:

Miliann Kang,  Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director,
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Gender Inequality and Feminist Research in South Korea

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PEP Steering Committee Member Linda Tropp Conducts Research on Racially Diverse Schools

Linda Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, was mentioned in an article, "3 Ways White Kids Benefit Most From Racially Diverse Schools", published in Mother Jones on January 15th, 2016. Tropp has conducted research on racially diverse schools and has found that skills like cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, reduced racial prejudice, and empathy are best fostered in diverse classrooms. She argues that we need to expand our definition of academic advantages to include these important skills. 

2015 Fellow Paul Collins is quoted in article addressing Ted Cruz's nine trips to the Supreme Court

Paul M. Collins, director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, was mentioned in an article, "In Nine Trips to Supreme Court, Ted Cruz Saw Mixed Results", published by the Texas Tribune on January 24, 2016. Collins stated that it is very rare for lawyers to argue in front of the Supreme Court, much less to do it nine times. He also adds that arguing a case to the Supreme Court is more of answering many questions so you have to be very sharp on your toes. 


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 Health Sciences, 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