The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Four² @ Four

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 4:00pm

Typically, the Four @ Four is an evening of slam research presentations over complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, although this time around we’ll be hosting it over Zoom – bring your own cocktail and we’ll toast each other across the ether. For this semester's Four² @ Four, join eight scholars who will be sharing the great work they are doing in different areas of research in just two minutes each! We will recognize recent award recipients and provide the opportunity for SBS faculty and staff to ask questions to the presenters.

Camille Barchers | Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
Games for Learning; Games for City Planning
Camille Barchers is Assistant Professor of Regional Planning in the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning department. Camille received a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MRP and BS from Cornell University. She has practiced as a regional planner throughout Florida, the Southeast, and mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining LARP, Camille taught in the Leadership Education and Development program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Camille’s work examines how planners use technology and how it changes the way they engage with the public. Her research interests include big data applications for long-range planning, internet communication tools to support public engagement, and land use planning.

Nick Caverly | Anthropology
Racism, Technology, + Justice
Nick Caverly is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. Nick received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. As an anthropologist of technology, Nick focuses on questions of racism, space, and justice. He uses ethnographic and archival methods to analyze landscapes of racial capital, white power, and antiblackness in North American Cities. In doing so, he considers three main questions: 1) why do structural inequities persist; 2) how do their material conditions change over time; 3) what do people do to respond?

David Cort | Sociology
Delaying Sex, Wrapping it up: Effects of HIV Stigma Beliefs on Sexual Debut and Condom Non-Use in Sub-Saharan Africa
David Cort is Associate professor in the Sociology Department and received his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. He is a social demographer in the fields of health, race and ethnicity, and social stratification. His current research project analyzes how household characteristics and HIV stigma beliefs affect risky sexual behaviors in sub-Saharan Africa.

Lynda Pickbourn | Economics
Does Aid Work in Africa?
Lynda Pickbourn is Senior Lecturer of Economics at UMass Amherst and Associate Professor of Economics at Hampshire College. She received her MA and PhD from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and her BA from the University of Ghana. Her research interests cross the fields of economic development, feminist economics and political economy, with a focus on Africa. Her work on aid effectiveness, rural-urban migration, informal employment and the use of mixed research methods in economics has appeared in Feminist Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of International Development and World Development.

Aida Villanueva | Sociology
Mothers’ Employment and Work Precarity: A Brief Look into Household Characteristics
Aida Villanueva received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is at the intersections of gender inequality, family labor, and women’s employment in Latin America and the United States. In her work, Villanueva takes a cross-national, comparative approach to explore women’s work and the reproduction of gendered disparities in labor markets. Villanueva’s current projects explore connections between daughters’ family labor and mothers’ work for pay in disadvantaged households.

Kelsey Whipple | Journalism
When Everyone's a Critic: Constructing Authority and Identity in Cultural Journalism
Kelsey Whipple is Assistant Professor of Journalism. She received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Missouri. Whipple is a journalism scholar and former journalist who researches gender, gender identity, and race in the media and the influence of social media and other technologies on journalism. Her work has been published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Computers in Human Behavior, International Journal of Communication, Feminist Media Studies and the Howard Journal of Communications, among other publications. Her research has been covered by industry sites including Nieman Journalism Lab and received Top Faculty Paper Awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Communication Association.

Leah Wing | Political Science
AI, Ethics, and Access to Justice in Dispute Resolution Processes
Dr. Leah Wing is Senior Lecturer II in the Legal Studies Program in the Department of Political Science. Her teaching and research interrogate the relationship between alternative dispute resolution, inequality and access to justice in offline and online geographies. Leah’s current research projects include AI and ethics in online dispute resolution, crowdsourcing and spatial justice, and technological responses to digital harm doing. She recently completed three NSF funded research projects on online dispute resolution. Leah is co-director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution (NCTDR) and co-founder of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).

Viviana Wu | School of Public Policy
Exploring Donor Influence on Public Engagement: Computational and Qualitative Analysis of Social Media Messages
Viviana Chiu Sik Wu is Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Viviana received a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Pennsylvania and an LL.B. and BSocSc from the University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include philanthropy and nonprofit management, inequality and place-based disadvantage, computational methods, and text as data. Currently, she is examining how place-based inequality impacts nonprofit capacity, conceptualizing the leadership and intermediary roles of foundations in public engagement and policy advocacy on social media.