Faculty Research Groups

Joining a faculty research group is an effective way to get feedback on your research and helps you develop a network of like-minded scholars across disciplines. UMass and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has many dynamic, active working groups that are open to new members:


Current Faculty Research Groups

Unit

Research Working Group Title

Brief Description of Group Activities

Meeting times/Location

Coordinator

Sociology

Orgnet

Brownbag for working papers on organizations and networks

Typically biweekly / Machmer 32

Anthony Paik

Sociology

Cluster Brownbags

Working papers across subfields

Weekly

Joya Misra & Anthony Paik 

Legal Studies

Five College Legal Studies Seminar

Research presentations (usually working papers)

Typically monthly

Paul Collins 

Communication

Technology, Society and Media

Information pending until coordinators selected

Information pending until coordinators selected

Point people are elected in fall

Communication

Media Effects

Information pending until coordinators selected

Information pending until coordinators selected

Point people are elected in fall

Economics

Gender and Economics Working Group

Research discussions of articles and members' work in progress, as well as presentations of work in progress

Crotty Hall/Gordon Hall; Meeting time decided by mutual agreement

Nancy Folbre 

Economics

Critical Agrarian Studies and Political Economy Working Group

Research discussions of articles and members' work in progress, as well as presentations of work in progress

Crotty Hall/Gordon Hall; Meeting time decided by mutual agreement

Mwangi Wa Githinji

Economics

Analytical Political Economy Working Group

Research discussions of articles and members' work in progress, as well as presentations of work in progress

Crotty Hall/Gordon Hall; Meeting time decided by mutual agreement

Peter Skott  & Arslan Razmi

Economics

Environmental Working Group

Research discussions of articles and members' work in progress, as well as presentations of work in progress

Crotty Hall/Gordon Hall; Meeting time decided by mutual agreement

James Boyce & Michael Ash

Economics

Political Economy Workshop

Paper presentation series

209, Crotty Hall, Tuesday 4 PM, dates listed on dept website

David Kotz

Economics

Economic Theory Workshop

Paper presentation series

209, Crotty Hall, Monday 4 PM, dates listed on dept website

Donald Katzner

Economics

Economic History and Economic Development Workshop

Paper presentation series

209, Crotty Hall, Wednesday 4 PM, dates listed on dept website

Priyanka Srivastava

Economics

Applied Micro Workshop

Paper presentation series

209, Crotty Hall, Wednesday 4 PM, dates listed on dept website

Ina Ganguli

ISSR

Sustainability and Social Science Research working group

Cross college discussion of work and potential collaboration, building scholarly community, seed funding for external proposals

tba--can sign up through Elisa Martinez to be added to email list, many events listed on website

Anita Milman & Elisa Martinez 

Political Science

Political Economy Working Group (PEWG)

Research discussions of work in progress by faculty, grad students and outside visitors working in political economy

Monthly, usually in Machmer E23

Kevin Young & Regine Spector 

Public Policy

SPP Annual Faculty Colloquium

Monthly talks by UMass and 5-Collge faculty on policy-related research and works-in-progress. Designed to stimulate scholarly collaborations among policy-oriented faculty across campus.

First Monday of every month during academic year, 12:15-1:15 pm in Thompson 620.

Charlie Schweik & Al Roberts 

Public Policy

Racial Justice Working Group

Cross-department discussion growing out of CRJUA grant planning process

TBA for AY18

Fred Rose

Public Policy

UMass Air

Cross-campus collaboration around the use and policy implications of unmanned aerial systems (UASs)

TBA for AY18

Charlie Schweik

Resource Economics

Experimental Economics Reading Group (EERG)

The group meets weekly to read and discuss papers in experimental economics. Papers are chosen by group members, and so topics vary by semester and interest. The meeting is open to other disciplines interested in experimental methods and to members of the 5-Colleges

TBA for AY18, but typically Fridays 2-3PM

Angela de Oliveira or John Spraggon

Resource Economics

Industrial Organization Reading Group

Presentations and discussions of research papers and members' works in progress.

Fridays 12:00-1:15, 303 Stockbridge Hall

Emily Wang

Regional Planning (LARP)

Climate & Infrastructure: Sustainable Adaptive Gradients reading group

Read and discuss current articles and public policy related to resilience and climate adaptation

TBA for AY 18

Elisabeth Hamin

Institute for Diversity Sciences (cross departmental)

Climate & Infrastructure: Sustainable Adaptive Gradients reading group

Faculty interested in multidisciplinary collaborations in health disparities present their work, receive feedback, comment on others, and self-form into multidisciplinary research teams. Teams may apply for seed grants given out by the Institute to fund small projects that can be leveraged into future bigger external grants.

Monthly meetings in AY 2017-18. Will be scheduled in late August. If interested please contact organizers

Buju Dasgupta and cc. Tori Lundblad

Legal Studies/Political Science

Five College Faculty Seminar in Migration Studies

The purpose of the seminar is to bring together Five Colleges faculty working on issues of migration and citizenship, to promote teaching and research in the field, and to encourage constructive exchanges between faculty and local community groups active in defending the rights of vulnerable migrants. During the 2017-18 academic year, the seminar aims to organize a reading group on critical migration studies scholarship, to host one or two invited speakers, and to sponsor one colloquium to the discussion of Seminar participants’ work.

TBA for AY 18

Leila Kawar or Dávid Hernandez