The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Economists Co-Author Paper on Economic Decline, Incarceration and Drug-related Mortality

"Whilst policies to reverse regional economic decline are likely to be difficult and expensive to implement, reform of arrest and sentencing policies is technically simple, would be economical, and could potentially save thousands of lives.” More >


The Nation Profiles Varshini Prakash '15, Co-founder of the Sunrise Movement

By the fall of 2015, Prakash and a small group of experienced young climate-justice activists had reached the conclusion, correctly, that what they and most of the climate movement were doing wasn’t enough. More >


Social Science Matters

We are home to a broad range of approaches to social science, from purely theoretical and interpretive, to qualitative and quantitative research methods.  Our priority is to ensure that this exciting social science research connects with the public while showing the relevance of the social sciences to everyday lives and policy.



Jessica Sizer '20 Elected to Palmer Town Council

"Seeing civic engagement on a local level is personally exciting for me and I look forward to hopefully continuing that energy throughout my term. As a member of Palmer’s Town Council, I will focus my attention on economic and workforce development, East-West rail, community engagement and more." More >


Celebration of ISSR

September 16, 2019 | The social science community is welcomed to attend the "Celebration of ISSR," a celebration of outgoing Director Smith-Doerr's tenure and many accomplishments, and as a welcome for ISSR’s new Director, Professor Joya Misra. More >

Featured Event

Ranked Choice Voting in Massachusetts

209 Crotty Hall
12.00pm to 1.30pm

Celebration of ISSR

Old Chapel, Great Hall, 2nd Floor
12.00pm to 1.30pm

Engaging Anthropology

University of Massachusetts Amherst
(All day)
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