Faculty/Staff Profiles

Kawar Already Making Waves for UMass

Leila Kawar, who is one of three new faculty joining the Legal Studies program this Fall, already has two noteworthy accomplishments as a member of the Department of Political Science—the publication of her book and an award for her research.

UMass Begins Search for Inaugural Director of School of Public Policy

Building on the success of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the founding director will be in a unique position to lead a faculty hiring strategy, to make the SPP a national and international hub for policy debates, and to create multidisciplinary programs that prepare students for life-long engagement with public issues. 

The "Ivory Ceiling" and Retention of Women in Academia

UMass sociologists Jennifer Lundquist and Joya Misra report their research findings on the retention and level among tenure-line faculty, most notably women associate professors.  

Lee Badgett Tackles Marriage Equality and the Economy

“Suddenly we have 150,000 same-sex couples [in the 13 states] that can get married. That has the potential for quite a big economic boost. Bakers, hotels, people who make fancy clothing for people – those are all the types of businesses that will benefit from this ruling, and those are small businesses”

Sociologists Find Online Daters Often Prefer Mixed-Race Individuals

A new study presented today by scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin, reports that online daters often prefer mixed-race over mono-racial individuals, challenging the common belief that people with a white parent and a parent of a different racial-ethnic group, especially ones with a black parent, are always treated as “minorities.”

Mednicoff Works to Create Opportunities for Syrian Refugees

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) visited the largest refugee camp in Jordan on June 6, as part of a delegation affiliated with iPlatform for Global Change, an organization he helps lead. As a result of this visit, this international nongovernmental organization is now working to further the educational opportunities for youth in the Za’atari camp, located less than 20 miles south of the Syrian border.

Fountain Speaks on Cybersecurity at London Conference

Distinguished University Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) spoke about cybersecurity during the Chatham House London Conference, hosted on June 1 and 2 by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Branch Selected as Director of Diversity Advancement

We are pleased to announce that Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch, Professor of Sociology, is now serving as the SBS Director of Diversity Advancement. A scholar interested in race, racism, and inequality, she will be working to promote excellence and diversity in SBS among faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. 

Pader Wins Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

"For me, this award is a recognition of why community-engaged learning is, and should be, one of the pillars of UMass's Strategic Plan for the development of a well-educated, civically-minded population," says Associate Professor Ellen Pader (regional planning). "I'm continually awed by the thirst so many students have for classes that guide them in their quest to be agents of positive social change, and how willing they are to grapple deeply with emotionally and intellectually difficult subjects in order to attain that goal."

Peterson Named Secretary of Faculty Senate

Professor of Political Science MJ Peterson has been named Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Peterson is the third female in the history of the senate to be elected Secretary.

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