The University of Massachusetts Amherst

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

SBS new faculty starting fall 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Though there are many factors still uncertain about the fall 2020 semester, the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) is excited for our new slate of faculty.

“We're experiencing some severe societal challenges, but this university's commitment to faculty excellence is amply demonstrated by recruiting these outstanding new faculty,” said John A. Hird, Dean of SBS. “We're all excited to begin engaging with them.”

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Most new faculty will join us this fall; two will start in January 2021 and another in September 2021. Our 18 new additions bring SBS’s tenure track faculty total to 171.

“Bringing 18 remarkable new faculty across all ranks to the college is such a highlight and underscores the quality of our departments in attracting such talent,” added Dean Hird. “We're excited by the new ideas, perspectives, and energy they'll bring to our students and the university, and the many contributions they'll make to improving multiple societies.”

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new faculty. We’re so excited to have them and look forward to the experience and expertise they’ll bring to the college.


Nicholas Caverly, Assistant Professor, Anthropology
Achsah Dorsey, Assistant Professor, Anthropology


Christopher Boone, Assistant Professor, Economics
Juan-Camilo Cardenas, Professor, Economics (starting January 2021)
Jayati Ghosh, Professor, Economics


Kelsey Whipple, Assistant Professor, Journalism

Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Samantha Solano, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Political Science

Tania Lopez DoCarmo, Lecturer, Political Science
Alexander Theodoridis, Associate Professor, Political Science

School of Public Policy

Juniper Katz, Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Thaddeus Miller, Associate Professor, Public Policy
Viviana Wu, Assistant Professor, Public Policy
Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor, Public Policy, Communication, and CICS (starting January 2021)

Resource Economics

Yongjoon Park, Assistant Professor, Resource Economics
Manasvini Singh, Assistant Professor, Resource Economics
Lucy Xiaolu Wang, Assistant Professor, Resource Economics (starting September 2021)


Aida Villanueva, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Youngmin Yi, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Joshua Kaiser, Assistant Professor, Sociology (hired last year)