Faculty/Staff Profiles

Dean Feldman Named Deputy Chancellor of UMass Amherst

Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy has appointed Dean Robert S. Feldman deputy chancellor for the UMass Amherst campus, effective April 1. 

Henderson Book is Lammy Finalist

Love and Money: Queers, Class, and Cultural Production (NYU Press) by Prof. Lisa Henderson (communication) is a finalist for the Annual Lambda Literary Awards—fondly known as Lammys—in the LGBT category.

Haas to Receive ISA's Distinguished Scholar Award

The International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section will present Prof. Peter M. Haas (political science) with the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award at their annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

First Director of Legal Studies Hired

Paul M. Collins, Jr. has been hired as the first director of Legal Studies and will shape the future of the popular undergraduate major that is part of the Political Science Department.

New Chair of Journalism Selected

Kathy Forde, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed chair of the UMass Journalism Department.

Political Scientist Jane Fountain Appointed Distinguished Professor

Trustees appoint Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, a Distinguished Professor.

Acclaimed Economist Leads the Way to Better Policies for Africa

The societal issues that stand between many African countries and economic stability vary, but according to economist Léonce Ndikumana, strong public policy can lay the framework for more equal, inclusive development across the continent.

Sociologist Wins Prestigious Humboldt Research Award

Professor Donald Tomaskovic-Devey (sociology) has been named one of eight scholars and social scientists to receive the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s 2014 Anneliese Maier Research Award. As part of the award, he will receive 250,000 EUR (approximately $342,000) designated to finance research collaboration with specialist colleagues in Germany.

Empowering Communities to Plan for Climate Change

As the potential consequences of climate change continue to grow—from increasingly frequent storms to rising sea levels and a rash of severe weather that has become the new norm—Elisabeth Hamin (landscape architecture and regional planning) is working with communities to incorporate resiliency frameworks into their budgets and prepare for extreme weather events.

Pollin Named Distinguished Professor

University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret has appointed Professor Robert Pollin (economics), co-director of the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), a Distinguished Professor, following approval from the Board of Trustees.

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