The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Stephen Hayes | URP

Stephen HayesClass Year: 2019
Major(s): Sociology and Political Science
Hometown: Franklin, MA

Research Advisor(s): Professor Eve Vogel (Geosciences)

Research and Experience:
My research centers around Massachusetts’s demand for Quebec Hydropower and its often invisible effects on indigenous communities in far Northern Quebec. Thanks to the generous funding of the Sociology Department’s Undergraduate Research Project, I will be presenting at 2nd International Conference on Energy Research and Social Science Conference at Arizona State University in May 2019. In addition, I was able to attend and present at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Conference in Washington D.C. in April 2019. For the AAG, we put together a presentation where we viewed our cases through the lens of neoliberal institutional change and what this lens elucidated and missed in explaining our whole narrative. This opportunity was an incredible experience to be able to present my work at a major academic conference, as well as network with students and academics from around the globe.

What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to pursue a Masters of Urban Planning degree from Texas A&M University.