UMass Amherst Department of Political Science
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Faculty

Amel Ahmed
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Thompson 404
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 11:00-1:00, Th 3:30-4:30, and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6187
Email: aahmed@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My main area of specialization is democratic politics, with a special interest in the dynamics of elite vs. popular control over democratic decision-making. I am currently working on several projects which examine the politics of institutional...

Roberto Alejandro
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 226
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Mon/Tue 4:00-5:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6177
Email: ralejand@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include Greek philosophy and tragedies, Nietzsche, contemporary liberal theory, and American political thought. Civic Research: As part of my civic work in Puerto Rico, I have written several essays on social issues. These...

Sonia E. Alvarez
Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics
Director, Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
Thompson 424
Office Hours: (Fall 2013 & Spring 2014) ON LEAVE
Phone: (413) 545-0455
Email: soniaa@polsci.umass.edu

Maryann Barakso
Associate Professor of Political Science
Associate Director, UMass Poll
Thompson 332
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Thu 2:15-3:15 and by appointment
Email: barakso@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My primary research interests include U.S. and transnational interest group/NGO governance, interest groups and health care politics, U.S. social movements, civic engagement, American political development, and women in politics.  I employ...

Angelica Bernal
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Thompson 334
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 3:00 - 5:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-2761
Email: abernal@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: I specialize on issues of founding and refounding, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and movements in Latin America.  I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of...

John Brigham
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 434
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 2:15-3:15, Thu 10-11, and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-0450
Email: brigham@polsci.umass.edu

Brenda K. Bushouse
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Thompson 302 and 115 Gordon Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - M/W before and after class, and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-1453
Email: bushouse@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research has a lasting focus on the realm of activity that is neither market nor state.  My early work and more recent work (Policy Studies Journal 2011) focused on the provision of toll good in society (goods that are consumed jointly but...

Charli Carpenter
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 432
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 1:30-3:30 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6245
Email: charli.carpenter@gmail.com

Interests: My teaching and research interests include national security ethics, the laws of war, transnational advocacy networks, gender and political violence, war crimes, comparative genocide studies, humanitarian affairs and the role of information...

Paul M. Collins
Associate Professor
Director of Legal Studies
Thompson Hall
Office Hours: Starting Fall 2014
Email: pmcollins@legal.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and interest group litigation.

Bryan Coutain
Chief Undergraduate Advisor
Political Science Lecturer and Internships Coordinator
Thompson 224
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Drop-in hours for POLISCI 359 students Tue 2:00-4:00, all others by appointment only. Make appointments at http://tinyurl.com/pslsappt .
Phone: (413) 545.3678
Email: bcoutain@polsci.umass.edu

Barbara Cruikshank
Associate Professor of Political Science
Thompson 336
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - by appointment only
Phone: (413) 545-6180
Email: cruiksha@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include modern and contemporary social and political theory, the history of reform, social movements, the politics of sex and sexuality, and relations of power and knowledge.

Diane Curtis
Senior Lecturer and Director of Pre-Law Advising
Thompson 122
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00-2:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 577-0396
Email: dcurtis@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My teaching interests are primarily in the fields of Constitutional, Family and Privacy Law, as well as Legal Education.

Yasmeen Daifallah
Assistant Professor
Thompson 304
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 1:00-3:00 and by appointment
Phone: 545-4478
Email: ydaifallah@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: I study how cultural traditions orient their subjects towards politics. In my research, I address the questions: how does the relegio-cultural constitution of a subject affect its disposition towards politics? Can this constitution be vested with...

Bruce A. Desmarais
Assistant Professor
Thompson 420
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 2:00-4:00, Wed 10:00-12:00, and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-1992
Email: desmarais@polsci.umass.edu

Carlene J. Edie
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 206
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Mon 2:30-3:30, Wed 10:15-11:15, and by appointment.
Phone: (413) 545-6172
Email: cjedie@polsci.umass.edu

Jane Fountain
Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Adjunct Professor of Computer Scienc
Director, National Center for Digital Government; Director, Science, Technology & Society Initiative
Thompson 406
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tuesday 4-6
Phone: (413) 545-1007
Email: fountain@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include institutional and organization theories; institutional change and government reform; digital government; public policy and management; and science, technology and public policy.

Alan Gaitenby
Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies
Thompson 208
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue/Thu 11:00-12:30 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 577-1394
Email: gaitenby@legal.umass.edu

Interests: Alan Gaitenby is a senior lecturer in legal studies. His interests range from the construction of socially meaningful spaces (online and off) to the political and social implications of the discourse of exposure / privacy, and the...

Sheldon Goldman
Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Political Science Honors Coordinator
Thompson 236
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 2:30-3:45, Thurs 2:30-4:00, and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6179
Email: sheldon.goldman@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include the politics of judicial selection and confirmation, the backgrounds and career paths of lower federal court judges,and the politics of constitutional law and civil liberties.

Peter M. Haas
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 216
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 10:00-12:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6174
Email: haas@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include international relations, international relations theory, international political economy, international environmental politics, international institutions and global governance.

John A. Hird
Senior Associate Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
225 Draper Hall / 414 Thompson Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Mon 2:30-3:30 in Draper 225 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-7187
Email: jhird@sbs.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include policy expertise and advising, regulatory policy-making, the use of information in policymaking, policy analysis, and environmental policy.

Judith Holmes
Senior Lecturer, Political Science in Legal Studies
Legal Studies Undergraduate Program Director; Associate Director for Junior Year Writing
Thompson 232
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 12:30-3:30 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-2305
Email: jholmes@legal.umass.edu

Interests: My courses in the Legal Studies major combine my research interests in law, politics and history with my previous experience as a criminal defense attorney. Legal Studies courses I have developed are Modern Political Trials, War Crimes Tribunals,...

Ray La Raja
Associate Professor of Political Science
Thompson 330
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 2:30-5:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6182
Email: laraja@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include political parties, interest groups, elections, campaign finance, political participation, American state politics, public policy and political reform. I am co-founder and former co-editor of The Forum: A Journal of...

Lauren McCarthy
Assistant Professor of Political Science in Legal Studies
438 Thompson
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 2:00-4:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-1991
Email: mccarthy@legal.umass.edu

Interests: My research and teaching focus on laws and legal systems of countries around the world, especially Russia. My current research examines how law enforcement agencies (police and prosecutors) have implemented laws against human trafficking in...

Tatishe M. Nteta
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Thompson 408
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 12:00-2:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-3546
Email: nteta@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My current research interests lie at the intersection of the politics of race and ethnicity, public opinion, and political behavior. More specifically, my work examines the impact of changing demographics and shifts in the sociopolitical...

Timothy Pachirat
Assistant Professor of Political Science (fall 2014)
Office Hours: Joining the Department starting Fall 2014
Email: pachirat@umass.edu

Interests: I am interested in comparative politics, the politics of Southeast Asia, spatial and visual politics, power and resistance, critical animal studies, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods.  In 2004, I conducted fieldwork for...

MJ Peterson
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 326
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tu/Th by appointment only. Go to http://tinyurl.com/pslsappt to make appointment.
Phone: (413) 545-6171
Email: mjp@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include world politics, international institutions, international political economy, technology, and technological change.

Dianne R. Pfundstein
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Jointly appointed in Commonwealth Honors College
Thompson 308
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tues 2:00-4:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-5878
Email: dpfundstein@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research focuses on American security policy in the post Cold War period, particularly coercion and the use of military threats in U.S. foreign policy.  I am also interested in how new technologies—especially unmanned aerial vehicles...

Jesse Rhodes
Associate Professor of Political Science
Political Science Undergraduate Program Director
Thompson 310
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Mon/Wed 2:00-3:30 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6185
Email: jrhodes@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My major areas of scholarly interest are social policy (especially education policy), political parties, and the American presidency. My book, An Education in Politics: The Origins and Evolution of No Child Left Behind, has been published by...

Dean E. Robinson
Associate Professor of Political Science
Thompson 214
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - by appointment only
Phone: (413) 545-0406
Email: deanr@polsci.umass.edu

Frederic C. Schaffer
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 340
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 4:00-5:30 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-0725
Email: schaffer@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My area of specialization is comparative politics. Substantively, I study the meaning of democracy, the practice of voting, and the administration of elections. What sets much of my work apart from other empirical research on democracy is a...

Brian F. Schaffner
Professor of Political Science and Department Chair
Thompson 316
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - by appointment only
Phone: (413) 545-0416
Email: schaffne@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research focuses on public opinion, campaigns and elections, political communication, political parties, and legislative politics.

Elizabeth A. Sharrow
Assistant Professor of Political Science & History
436 Thompson Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Wed 10:30-12:00 and by appointment
Phone: 413-545-6246
Email: sharrow@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: I am specifically interested in the ways public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, and class in U.S. politics over the past fifty years.  My Ph.D. is in Political Science with a minor program in Feminist and Critical...

Stuart Shulman
Research Associate Professor
Director, Qualitative Data Analysis Program
Thompson 428
Office Hours: By Appointment Only
Phone: (413) 545-5375
Email: stu@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests include electronic rulemaking, human language technologies, manual annotation, digital citizenship, and service-learning efforts in the United States.

Regine Spector
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Thompson 416
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue/Thu 11:00-12:00 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-6175
Email: rspector@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research interests fall at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, development, and Eurasian politics.

Leah Wing
Senior Lecturer, Legal Studies in Political Science
Honors Program Director, Legal Studies
Thompson 430
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - Tue 2:00-3:45 and by appointment
Phone: (413) 545-5882
Email: lwing@legal.umass.edu

Interests: Leah is on the faculty in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts/Amherst where she has taught Dispute Resolution since 1993. Her recent research and teaching applies Critical Race theory to mediation and issues of environmental justice....

Nicholas Xenos
Professor of Political Science
Thompson 306
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - ON LEAVE
Phone: (413) 545-6183
Email: xenos@polsci.umass.edu

Diana Yoon
Assistant Professor of Political Science in Legal Studies
Thompson 402
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - By appointment only
Phone: (413) 577-0614
Email: dyoon@legal.umass.edu

Kevin Young
Assistant Professor of Political Science
418 Thompson Hall
Office Hours: Spring 2014 - by appointment only
Phone: (413) 545-2029
Email: kevinlyoung@polsci.umass.edu

Interests: My research focuses on issues germane to international political economy, in particular the politics of financial regulation, international negotiation theory, transnational policy networks, and the role of private business in shaping global...

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