Faculty/Staff Profiles

Inside the Classroom with Milena Marchesi of Anthropology

We took a peek inside Milena Marchesi's Spring 2016 semester course, Anthropology 205: Inequality and Oppression.

Professor Jane Fountain Attends World Government Summit in Dubai

The World Government Summit focuses on shaping governments of the future and improving government service delivery through innovation. Billed as the largest annual government gathering in the world, the Government Summit serves as a global platform by gathering officials, thought leaders, policy makers and business leaders dedicated to developing the future of government.

Bushouse Kicks off Spring 2016 CPPA Faculty Colloquium

The Center for Public Policy and Administration will kick off its Spring 2016 Faculty Colloquium on February 1st with a talk by Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Brenda Bushouse. 

Badgett Discusses Book on Public Engagement in Higher Ed

Over the past 25 years, Lee Badgett’s own research has helped to shape state and national policies governing the rights of LGBT individuals, including the legalization of same-sex marriage. Badgett draws on her experience, along with the experiences of other public intellectuals, to show how academics can successfully create the professional networks and “voice” that allow their research to be heard before Congress, on public radio, or on the editorial pages of such national newspapers as the New York Times or Washington Post. She will discuss her newly-released book, The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World, on Wednesday, January 27, at 4:00 p.m. in the Amherst Room at the UMass Campus Center (10th Floor).  

Misra Awarded Chancellor's Leadership Fellowship

The goal of her fellowship, which will begin in September of 2016, is to understand which university programs have been recruiting, retaining, and successfully placing students of color. “We want to build on those successes to create programs that support all students at UMass,” Misra explains.  She will work to develop programming that fits the needs of UMass graduate students.

Badgett Featured Speaker at United Nations Celebration of Human Rights Day

As part of the United Nation's commemoration this year of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Lee Badgett will speak about the effects of discrimination not only on the human rights of LGBT people, but also on the effects of such discrimination for international economic development

Faculty Profile: Joshua Braun, Assistant Professor of Journalism

“From where I sit in this lovely new building, being able to apply for grants to bring guest speakers into my classrooms, it definitely feels like I have room to breathe and stretch in ways I didn’t previously. I’m thrilled to be here and I can’t say enough about all my points of contact both within the department and in SBS.”

Feel Good Friday: LARP Sponsors College Matters For U Program

This fall, the Department of Landscape Architecture partnered with Career Services, the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Nursing, along with other outside institutions, to launch the first annual College Matters for U program at the UMass Center at Springfield. This program encourages K-12 students in the Springfield area to consider their future, explore career paths, and network with leaders and faculty. Frank Sleegers, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, taught courses at the event.

Faculty Profile: Sonya Atalay, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Sonya Atalay, has a passion for community-based research with indigenous communities. As a native woman herself, one of Professor Atalay’s main objectives is to perform research in partnership with communities rather than on them. Professor Atalay is an anthropologist primarily focused on the overlap between archaeology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Most recently, she has been working on a community mapping project which brings elders and youths together to learn and work on problems related to land and sustainability.

Faculty Spotlight: Dania Francis

Dania Francis, Assistant Professor of Economics and Afro-American Studies, will be one of four faculty presenters at the biannual faculty and staff Four @ Four event this Tuesday, November 17. “My current research has focused on the black-white academic achievement gap in primary and secondary education,” she explains. “One of the benefits of studying topics in education is that they often have practical policy implications. My hope is that my research helps education policy makers develop policies that effectively reduce educational inequalities.”