The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Justin Gross, Lawrence King, and Kathryn Young selected as 2018-2019 ISSR Scholars

ISSR UMass Scholars
Monday, April 9, 2018

The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the selection of our 2018-19 ISSR Scholars, who represent six departments across four Colleges at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst: the College of Education, College of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, and College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

This year's ISSR Scholars will receive resources and mentoring to allow them to develop innovative new research and funding proposals that have the potential to shape social theory and policy. ISSR Scholars participate in a year-long seminar and mentorship program with the program facilitators, Laurel Smith-Doerr (Professor of Sociology and Director of ISSR, and past NSF Program Officer) and Annette Wysocki (Professor of Nursing and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Nursing, and past NIH Program Officer). In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR Scholars are given unique opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals. 

SBS Scholars are:

Justin Gross

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: From Inter-Annotator Agreement to Explained Variation: Content Analytic Coding That Allows Interpretive Flexibility
Researchers typically insist upon high inter-coder reliability (ICR) for content analysis conducted by teams of media annotators, but this may be inappropriate when researching communications open to subjective interpretation. Dr. Gross will develop a measurement approach that takes advantage of annotator variability in assessing the strength of signal communicated by authors engaged in political value framing.

Lawrence King

Professor, Department of Economics | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: Financialization and the Pharmaceutical Crisis
There is general agreement that society is currently affected by multiple and profoundly consequential crises connected to pharmaceuticals. There is less consensus on the causes of these crises. Dr. King will conduct two interrelated studies, one a longitudinal quantitative analysis and the other a set of in-depth case studies, to examine how changes in the ownership structure and strategic orientation of pharmaceutical firms, or "financialization," are leading to suboptimal public health outcomes.

Kathryne Young

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Project Title: Masculinity, Balance, and Compensation: A New Theory of Gender Performance  
Professor Young's theoretical work has extended theories of gender that identify "masculine overcompensation," recognizing "masculine undercompensation" as a strategy for seeking what she terms "masculine balance" -- a means of calibrating gender performance that contributes to hegemonic gender relations Young proposes to test her theoretical work with three empirical studies, one experimental and two mixed-methods. This work identifies gaps in the extant literature on masculinity and gender performance, asking questions such as: How do men “balance” their masculinity from one context to the next?  How and when can we disaggregate masculinity from maleness?  In what ways are unequal gender relations masked under a veneer of apparent progress?  

Scholars from other Colleges and Schools are:

Carrie-Ellen Briere

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing
Project Title:  Investigation of Bioactive Components of Human Milk to Protect and Promote Breastfeeding and Infant Health

Elizabeth Evans

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Policy | School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Project Title: Engaging Patients with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain in Use of Complementary and Integrative Healthcare (CIH) as an Alternative to Opioids

Chrystal A. George Mwangi

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration | College of Education
Project Title: Family & Community Engagement Among College Students of Color in STEM

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