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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

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

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

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

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 social policy, voting rights policy, economic inequality, and political behavior. I have published a book on the development of federal education policy - An Education in Politics: The Origin and Development of No Child Left Behind - with Cornell University Press. My...Read more

Elizabeth A. Sharrow

I am 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 Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota. I also hold...Read more