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Computational Social Science

The UMass Computational Social Science Institute is a cross-disciplinary, collaborative group designed to address the challenges and opportunities presented by collecting, storing, and analyzing large scale data related to the social world. With core faculty coming from disciplines as diverse as computer science, political science, sociology, and statistics, the group brings together the expertise necessary to create practical solutions to modern problems in quantitative social science.

Visit the CSSI Website for more information and a list of upcoming events.

Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy; Chair of the Political Science Department; and an adjunct faculty member of the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Fountain is the founder and Director of the National...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.

Current projects include: Book projects on The Evolution of Multilateral Environmental Governance, and on Improving Global Environmental Governance. I am currently a member of the editorial boards of Journal...Read more
John Hird

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

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

Leah is Senior Lecturer on the faculty in the Legal Studies Program where she has taught since 1993.  Her teaching and research utilize law and society scholarship, and critical race legal theory in particular, to interrogate the relationship between disputing and justice.  Her areas of concentration are the impact...Read more