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We study and teach a variety of qualitative and quantitative approaches to and methodologies for conducting political inquiry. Our areas of expertise include  computational social science, field research, political ethnography, the analysis of political text, public opinion polling, survey experiments, elite interviews, comparative case studies, social network analysis, topic modeling, the philosophy of social science. In addition to using and developing methodological tool-kits, we also critically analyze them, and embrace projects that blend and fuse different ways of knowing at science's cutting edge.

 

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 qualitative and quantitative methods, including observational and experimental survey analysis.Read more

Angelica Bernal

I specialize on issues of founding and refounding, popular constitutionalism, and indigenous rights and social movements in Latin America.  I am interested in examining the mechanisms and challenges involved in the creation and recreation of political orders, the significance of constitution-making and the law in processes of extraordinary politics,...Read more

My research program has has a lasting focus on the realm of activity that is neither market nor state.  I research both the politics of nonprofit organizations in the policy process (see forthcoming article in Policy Studies Journal) and also the roles nonprofit perform in delivery of services that...Read more

Charli Carpenter

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 technology in human security. I have a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among...Read more

Justin H. Gross

Justin H. Gross holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. His applied research interests are in mass media and political communication, public opinion, and public policy. He works on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and is especially interested in methods...Read more

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

I am currently developing a research project on global issue coupling and global governance.  I am currently a member of the editorial boards of  Global Environmental Politics and the...Read more
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My research examines how the work of lawyers, judges, and other legal experts shapes our understandings of social policy issues. I am particularly interested in exploring how juridical knowledge-making intersects with policy making in the areas of migration, citizenship, and labor. And I study these processes both in the...Read more

Ray La Raja

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 Applied Research in Contemporary Politics and I am a member of the Academic Advisory Board of...Read more

I received my Ph.D. in political science from Penn State University. Broadly, I am interested in the study of courts and public policy, the separation of powers, judicial behavior, agenda-setting, and political methodology. On my website, you can find more information on my current research, my prior publications, and...Read more

Meredith Rolfe

Professor Rolfe's research interests include individual & organisational decision-making, media and public opinion, social networks, text analysis, and research methodology.

Prior to joining UMass, Professor Rolfe was a Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics, and a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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Frederic C. Schaffer, Frederic Charles Schaffer, Frederic Schaffer, Fred Schaffer

My subfield of specialization is comparative politics and my methodological area of expertise is the investigation of concepts. Substantively, I study the meaning of democracy, the practice of voting, and the administration of elections. Read more

Regine Spector

I study how everyday people and political elites understand and respond to challenging sociopolitical contexts characterized by weak rule-of-law institutions. I engage with literature in comparative politics, political economy, post-Soviet studies and when relevant history, geography, and anthropology, to better understand the creative, contentious, and politically fraught processes that...Read more

Kevin Young

My research focuses on issues germane to international political economy, in particular the politics of financial regulation, transnational policy networks, and the role of private business in shaping global governance. I am particularly interested in analyzing the ways in which regulatory policy is affected by networks of elites and...Read more