The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Alexandra Pittman Speaks on Contributing to Social Change: April 9, 2015 1-2 PM

Commonwealth Honors College Building, 160-East

"Contributing to Social Change: Tips for Negotiating the Academic-Practice Divide"

Alexandra Pittman is the founder of Impact Mapper and AVP Global Consulting, LLC. Alexandra specializes in research and evaluation for human rights, women’s rights, and social justice organizations, networks, and movements. Alexandra received her Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and PhD in Sociology and Cultural Psychology from Boston College. She also held a Senior Research Fellowship position at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University from 2010-2011, working on the role of brand in international nonprofits and philanthropies. 

Full House at March 24 "Writing for Non-Academics" Panel

Panelists Katherine S. Newman, Amy Schalet, Lisa Troy, Jane Fountain, and Duncan Irschick discussed the challenges, rewards, and "tricks of the trade of crafting trade books, op-eds, policy messages, tweets, and press releases.

2015 Fellow, Michael Rawlins Receives On-going Media Attention for Conversation on Below Average Temperatures

"Mike Rawlins of the Climate System Research Center at UMass Amherst said the average local February temperature has increased by .25 degrees F per decade for the last 180 years. "It is important to keep in mind these are just weather events," said Rawlins. "The climate is warming and that is shown with the data.  We don't want to confuse cold weather events with a warming climate." (WAMC  March 2, 2015)



"Coldest February in 180 years in Western Mass." featured on 20 News, March 1, 2015

"Record Cold Is An Anomaly, Not A Shift In Climate Change" featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio, March 2, 2015

2015 Fellow, Paul Collins’ Book Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, coauthored by 2015 Fellow Paul Collins (with Lori Ringhand), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. The book challenges the commonly held belief that Supreme Court confirmation hearings are little more than political grandstanding. Instead, Collins and Ringhand demonstrate that the hearings are important forums for debating the contemporary meaning of the constitution. The book was described in Choice as “a game changer.”

Read "Outstanding Academic Titles, 2014