People: Faculty

Brenda K. Bushouse
Associate Professor of Political Science
and School of Public Policy
Regularly teaches courses on public policy and politics.
Office: 302 Thompson
Email: bushouse@polsci.umass.edu

Bio: 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 are also provided by governments and for-profit businesses (see Bushouse 2011 and forthcoming 2016 special issue of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly).  In a new direction, I am collaborating with a team of natural and social scientists to explore the connections between environment and human use of urban parks (pending grant application to the National Science Foundation) with my expertise being utilized to understand the role of “friends groups” on ecosystem management.

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.

Kevin Young
Associate Professor of Political Science
Regularly teaches courses related to the political economy, research analysis, and international relations.
Office: Thompson 538
Email: kevinlyoung@polsci.umass.edu

Bio: 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 interest groups.


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.

Paul Collins
Professor and Director of Legal Studies
Regularly teaches courses related to public law, American politics, and law and society.
Office: Thompson 328
Email: pmcollins@legal.umass.edu

Bio: My research interests include understanding the democratic nature of the judiciary, interdisciplinary approaches to legal decision making, and social movement litigation.

Paul Musgrave
Assistant Professor, Political Science and
Honors Director, Political Science
Regularly teaches courses on research design, thesis preparation, and American foreign policy.
Office: 504 Thompson
Email: pmusgrave@umass.edu

Bio: I have taught courses in international relations theory, history and international relations, energy politics, U.S. foreign policy, and politics and science fiction. My research has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, American Politics Research, and PS: Political Science & Politics; I have also published in Slate. I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies at Dickinson College (AY2014-15) and Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (from September 2015). I received my Ph.D. in Government with a focus on International Relations from Georgetown University in December 2014.

Scott Blinder
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Regularly teaches courses on American and Comparative politics.
Office: Thompson 410
Email: scottblinder@polsci.umass.edu

Bio: I am a political scientist specializing in political psychology. My research focuses on public opinion toward migration and its impacts on elections and policy.

Tatishe M. Nteta
Associate Professor, Political Science and
Graduate Program Director
Regularly teaches courses on American politics, race and political psychology.
Office: 408 Thompson

Email: nteta@polsci.umass.edu

Bio: 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 participation.