The University of Massachusetts Amherst

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

“We're experiencing some severe societal challenges, but this university's commitment to faculty excellence is amply demonstrated by recruiting these outstanding new faculty,” said Dean John A. Hird.  More >


Alumni Profile: Stephanie Murray has a story to tell

"The minute I stepped foot on campus here, I felt like I belonged," said Murray '18, journalism alumna, now a writer for POLITICO. "The real thing that drew me in was the Journalism department. You can't go through UMass Journalism without somebody knowing your name and caring about you and caring about your work." More >


Fall 2020 Reopening Plan

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has released the university’s Fall 2020 Reopening Plan, which details how the fall semester will proceed amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

UMass Amherst is using the best science and public health information available to protect members of the campus community. For more information and to read the comprehensive report, FAQs and other materials, go to



Erica Kowsz, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Awarded Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Kowsz’s dissertation research examines the government policies for recognition of indigenous people that were developed from the 1970s through the 1990s in two distinct research contexts: that of the Sami in Norway and that of Native Americans in the US, with a focus on the story of Nipmuc people in southern New England. More >


Climate Emergency and Nuclear War: What are the Connections?

August 20, 2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm | Climate change and the continued existence of nuclear weapons each represent two of the most pressing and existential threats to humanity and the planet, and yet these two issues are also interlinked. These panelists will explore the connections between nuclear weapons and climate change, as well as what social movements, governments, and concerned citizens can do in response.  More >

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