People

Find out more about the UMass Faculty, Graduate students, and Undergraduate students involved in the UMass DACSS program.

DACSS Governance Board


Meredith Rolfe, DAPPLS advisor (Political Science)
Associate Professor, Political Science and
Computational Social Science Initiative (CSSI)
Regularly teaches courses on research design, quantitative methods, experiments, social network analysis, and public management.
Office: 428 Thompson
Email: mrolfe@umass.edu

Bio: My research interests include individual & organizational decision-making, public opinion, social networks, text analysis, and research methodology. Prior to joining UMass, I was a Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics, and a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.

DAPPLS Advisors


Meredith Rolfe, DAPPLS advisor (Political Science)
Associate Professor, Political Science and
Computational Social Science Initiative (CSSI)
Regularly teaches courses on research design, quantitative methods, experiments, social network analysis, and public management.
Office: 428 Thompson
Email: mrolfe@umass.edu

Bio: My research interests include individual & organizational decision-making, public opinion, social networks, text analysis, and research methodology. Prior to joining UMass, I was a Lecturer in Management at the London School of Economics, and a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Doug Rice, DAPPLS advisor (Legal Studies)
Assistant Professor, Political Science and
Computational Social Science Initiative (CSSI)
Regularly teaches courses on research design, quantitative methods, and judicial behavior.
Office: 418 Thompson
Email: drrice@umass.edu
Research: http://douglas-rice.net/research

Bio: 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 this site, you can find more information on my current research, my prior publications, and my current and prior courses.

Justin Gross
Assistant Professor, Political Science and
Computational Social Science Initiative (CSSI)
Regularly teaches courses on introductory and advanced quantitative methods, text analysis and political ideology.
Office: 420 Thompson
Email: jhgross@umass.edu

Bio: I hold a Ph.D. in Statistics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. My applied research interests are in mass media and political communication, public opinion, and public policy. I work on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and I’m especially interested in methods that put statistical and computational tools to use in service of our ability to achieve rich qualitative insights.

DACSS Staff and Contacts