The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Staff & Committee Directory

2017 Outstanding Staff Award winners, Karen Mason and Grace Rock

Keeping all the systems running at the UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences is our dedicated staff. These unsung heroes manage the multitude of administrative and organizational tasks that keep all of the departments in the College running smoothly and efficiently.

Faculty and Staff by Department/Program

SBS Dean's OfficeFaculty and Staff
AnthropologyFaculty  |  Staff
CommunicationFaculty  |  Staff
EconomicsFaculty  |  Staff
Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)Staff, Consultants, Scholars, and Board
JournalismFaculty | Staff
Labor CenterFaculty and Staff
Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)Faculty  |  Staff
Legal StudiesFaculty | Staff
Political Economy Research Institute (PERI)Faculty, Fellows, and Staff
Political ScienceFaculty | Staff
School of Public PolicyFaculty |  Staff
Resource EconomicsFaculty | Staff
Social Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)Faculty & Staff
SociologyFaculty | Staff

Below is a list of staff by function and our numerous committees.

Communications
NameDepartment/Program
Mythreyi KrishnanSBS Dean's Office
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Omadelle BowserCommunication
Mythreyi Krishnan / Sheila GilroyEconomics
Elisa MartinezInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Mythreyi Krishnan / TBDJournalism
Julie RosierLabor Center
Evonne GongLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Kim WeinsteinPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Mythreyi Krishnan / Crystal PaulPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Maureen TurnerPublic Policy
Mythreyi Krishnan / Eileen KeeganResource Economics
Mythreyi Krishnan / Monica GarciaSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Wesley DunhamSociology

Mythreyi Krishnan serves as communications liason and operates out of the SBS Dean's Office, providing extra support in communications to assigned departments.

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Events
NameDepartment/Program
Saulo DePaulaSBS Dean's Office
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Omadelle BowserCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Elisa MartinezInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
TBDJournalism
Julie RosierLabor Center
Evonne GongLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Kim WeinsteinPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Crystal PaulPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Maureen TurnerPublic Policy
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Monica GarciaSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Wesley DunhamSociology

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Finance
NameDepartment/Program
Melissa WalshSBS Dean's Office
Grace Rock / Beverly MorrisonAnthropology
Donna BergCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Karen MasonInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Terry TrudeauLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Nicole DunhamPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Aaron TauscherPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Katy MaherPublic Policy
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Donna VanasseSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Zachary MallaviaSociology/Labor Center

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Graduate Programs
NameDepartment/Program
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Kathy ReadyCommunication
Mark LanderyouEconomics
Julie RosierLabor Center
Kellie NicholasLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Emily WhitePolitical Science/Legal Studies
Kathy Colon / Satu ZollerPublic Policy
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Katelyn MartinSociology

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Grants
NameDepartment/Program
Melissa WalshSBS Dean's Office
Grace RockAnthropology
Donna BergCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Karen MasonInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Terry TrudeauLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Nicole DunhamPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Crystal Paul / Aaron TauscherPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Donna VanasseSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Zachary MallaviaSociology/Labor Center

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IT Support
NameDepartment/Program
Bruce O'LearyCommunication
Adam GoodmanEconomics
Brian BarnesInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Bruce O'LearyJournalism
Evonne GongLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Jeannette Wicks-LimPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Eileen KeeganResource Economics
Heather CassidySociology/Labor Center

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Personnel
NameDepartment/Program
Mary Ann LibardiSBS Dean's Office
Debbie Averill / Beverly MorrisonAnthropology
Amanda KimballCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Karen MasonInstitute for Social Science Research (ISSR)
Terry TrudeauLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Nicole DunhamPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Julie McNeelyPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Katy MaherPublic Policy
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Donna VanasseSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Maureen WarnerSociology/Labor Center

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Scheduling
NameDepartment/Program
Shelley SilvaAnthropology
Omadelle BowserCommunication
Nancy NashEconomics
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Kellie NicholasLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Emily WhitePolitical Science/Legal Studies
Kathy ColonPublic Policy
Sophie WilliamsonResource Economics
Donna VanasseSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Wesley DunhamSociology/Labor Center

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Stewardship
NameDepartment/Program
Grace RockAnthropology
Amanda KimballCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
TBDJournalism
Julie RosierLabor Center
Terry TrudeauLARP
Crystal PaulPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Monica GarciaSTPEC
Wesley DunhamSociology

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Travel Processing
NameDepartment/Program
Grace RockAnthropology
Donna BergCommunication
Sheila GilroyEconomics
Sheilagh HanleyJournalism
Stacy RichardsonLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Nicole DunhamPolitical Economy Research Institute (PERI)
Aaron TauscherPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Gail FleischakerResource Economics
Donna VanasseSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Cindy PattenSociology/Labor Center

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Undergraduate Advising
NameDepartment/Program
Kelly GrayAdvising Resource Center
Boone ShearAnthropology
Allison ButlerCommunication
Valerie VoorheisEconomics
Beth WallaceJournalism
Patricia McGirrLandscape Architecture
Amy GriegerPolitical Science/Legal Studies
Satu ZollerPublic Policy
Alesia BrennanResource Economics
Monica GarciaSocial Thought and Political Economy (STPEC)
Kat FabelSociology
Mark HaminSustainable Community Development

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Committees

College Personnel Committee

The SBS Personnel Committee has many annual duties as well as some case-by-case responsibilities. Each year, the committee is tasked with reviewing: exceptional merit awards (September); faculty tenure (November); promotion cases (January); and mini tenure cases (March). A sub-committee of the Personnel Committee meets in April to handle Periodic Multi-Year Review cases. Additionally, the committee reviews tenure with hire cases based on the hire date throughout the year and it reviews distinguished professorship cases based on when the individual cases are received throughout the year. After the Personnel Committee review level, the cases are then reviewed separately by the Dean and the Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development.

NameDepartment/Program
Ventura PérezAnthropology
Leda CooksCommunication
Fidan KurtulusEconomics
Joshua BraunJournalism
Ethan CarrLandscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP)
Meredith RolfePolitical Science
Angela de OliveiraResource Economics
Naomi GerstelSociology

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Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee is charged with enhancing and improving instruction and student learning in SBS.

NameTitle or Department/Program
Lynn Phillips, chairSenior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development
John HirdDean
Adrian GraceDirector of Student Success
Krista HarperAnthropology
Benjamin BaileyCommunication
Michael AshEconomics
B.J. RocheJournalism
Patricia McGirrLandscape Architecture
Paul CollinsLegal Studies
Justin GrossPolitical Science
Nathalie LavoieResource Economics
Kelly GraySBS Exploratory Track
Satu ZollerSchool of Public Policy
Jonathan Wynn​Sociology
Graciela MonteagudoSTPEC
Mark HaminSustainable Community Development

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Graduate Directors Council

The Graduate Directors Council coordinates Methods course offerings and works together to support the SBS graduate student experience.

NameTitle or Department/Program
Jennifer Lundquist, ChairSenior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Thomas LeathermanAnthropology
Henry GeddesCommunication
Mwangi wa GithinjiEconomics
Clare HammondsLabor Studies
Ethan CarrLARP (MLA, MLA/MRP, and MArch)
Mark HaminLARP (MRP, MRP/MArch, MRP/MPPA, and MS3)
Ellen PaderLARP (MRP/Law)
Henry RenskiLARP (PhD)
Peter HaasPolitical Science
Lee Badgett 
Satu Zoller
School of Public Policy
Christian RojasResource Economics
David CortSociology

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Dean's Research Council

The Dean's Research Council reviews internal grant applications in SBS and applications for the ISSR Scholars program and makes recommendations to the Dean. The Council offers two categories of grants to support research each year. A strong preference is given to generating a new research project or a new direction within an existing project. Priority in most cases is given to those projects that are likely to lead to external foundation or government funding; however, SBS also supports high-quality, meritorious research for which opportunities for extramural funding are limited. All ranks of tenure track faculty and lecturers whose major responsibilities include research are eligible to apply to both categories.

NameTitle or Department/Program
Jennifer Lundquist, ChairSenior Associate Dean of Research and Faculty Development
Joya MisraDirector of ISSR
Jason KamilarAnthropology
Benjamin BaileyCommunication
Larry KingEconomics
Kathy FordeJournalism
Camille BarchersLARP
Kevin YoungPolitical Science
John SpraggonResource Economics
Kathryne YoungSociology

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Dean's Student Advisory Council
NameMajor
Jennifer MarinoAnthropology
Horizon StarwoodAnthropology
Sean MurphyCommunication
Juliette RiceCommunication
Antonia MoriniEconomics
Jonathan BlumEconomics
Parker LouisonJournalism
Sarah JacobsJournalism
Joseph WynneLandscape Architecture
Makenna PalzkillLandscape Architecture
Margaret MendozaLegal Studies
Rosario Naranjo-ZarateLegal Studies
Viviana Angel-CruzPolitical Science
Ahmad BakrinPolitical Science
Jonathan AstorResource Economics
Tanvi BadrinathResource Economics
Marvens PierreSocial Thought & Political Economy
Ashley EversonSocial Thought & Political Economy
Pengrun HuangSociology
May NguyenSociology
Abigail MooreSustainable Community Development
Hannah RikemanSustainable Community Development
Cobi FrongilloPublic Policy & Management
Dean's Office MembersTitle
John HirdDean
Lynn PhillipsSenior Associate Dean for Education and Student Development
Adrian GraceDirector of Student Success