Faculty/Staff Profiles

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.

UMass Economists Among 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013

Thomas Herndon and Professors Michael Ash and Robert Pollin, who found serious errors in a key study that lawmakers around the globe used as a cornerstone of austerity policies, have been named to Foreign Policy magazine’s list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.

Springfield Economic Development Project Receives Merck Grant

The John Merck Fund has awarded a $45,000 grant to the Wellspring Collaborative, an economic development project in Springfield co-directed by Fred Rose, lecturer at the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA).

Community Journalism: A Project Bringing Hope to Springfield

Community Journalism, offered by the UMass Journalism Department, is an initiative to increase college opportunities for students at Commerce High School in Springfield, MA. “This is not a save-the-natives initiative with us posing as saviors,” says Prof. Nicolas McBride, “This is a save-ourselves initiative through the sharing of resources and knowledge, a reciprocal exchange of ideas that benefit all concerned.”

Comm Professor Focuses on Cultural Aspects of Communication

Race, code switching, bilingualism, immigration, and intercultural communication—and teaching—are among Benjamin Bailey's major interests.

Leidy Sievert Named Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Human Biology

Lynnette Leidy Sievert (anthropology), international expert on menopause and symptoms at midlife as aspects of human variation, as well as the evolution of menopause and post-reproductive life, takes over the helm of the top journal in the field.

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