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Domestic, Comparative and Global Social Policy

We share an interest in social policy, at urban, local, national, international and global levels and both American and comparative contexts. Faculty in this cluster use many different methods to study topics such as US childcare and education policy, health policy in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, gender, race and family policy in the US and global institutions, science and technology policy, and global/transnational human security policy - among other issues!

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

Charli Carpenter

My teaching and research interests include the politics of war law, transnational advocacy networks, protection of civilians, humanitarian disarmament, and the role of popular culture in global human security policy. I have a particular interest in the gap between intentions and outcomes among advocates of human security. I work with...Read more

Carlene J. Edie

Carlene J. Edie has been a Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst since 1989. She received her PhD from UCLA. Her principal research interests have been in the areas of comparative political economy with a focus on the Anglophone Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa. She is...Read more

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Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and an adjunct distinguished professor in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She directs the National Center for Digital Government, a university research center. Fountain was selected to the World’s...Read more

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 incorporation of racial minorities on the contours of American race relations, policy preferences, and...Read more

My major areas of scholarly interest are political representation, social policy, voting rights policy, economic inequality, and political behavior. My first book, on the development of federal education policy - An Education in Politics: The Origin and Development of No Child Left Behind -  was published with Cornell University Press...Read more

Dr. Rowen's research focuses on law and society, transitional justice, international criminal law, social movements, and international and comparative methods. Her research is centered on the use of law to redress mass atrocity and aid vulnerable groups. Dr. Rowen's current projects examine the confluence of domestic immigration and international criminal law within...Read more

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

I am interested in the ways public policy has shaped understandings of gender, race, sexuality, disability, and class in U.S. politics over the past fifty years. 

My work has been published or is forthcoming in Public Opinion Quarterly; Political Research Quarterly; Political Behavior; Political CommunicationPolitics, Groups, and Identities;  American Politics Research,...Read more