Prospective graduate students

For prospective graduate students interested in starting Fall 2019

I may be taking on one or more graduate students in Fall 2019, most likely at the PhD level. The best way to get a sense of my current research interests is to look at my research page as well as recent publications. In addition to the listed projects, I am especially interested in bringing on students who are interested in one or more of the following topics:

  • social dynamics in natural resource conservation contexts
  • social movements and mobilization
  • public opinion towards emerging issues
  • public engagement with science

If your own interests overlap with these, I encourage you to contact me directly about applying to UMass. If you do email, be sure to mention the following:

  1. A few specific research questions you are interested in pursuing;
  2. Any other faculty members at UMass with whom you would also be interested in working (NOTE: please look at faculty across multiple departments, including Psychology, Communications, Resource Economics, LARP and the Isenberg School of Management).

Before writing, please carefully read the ECo department’s information about the graduate school application process.

The main criteria I will be using in selecting graduate students are fit, research experience, interdisciplinary interest and thinking, and academic scores (GPA/GRE). Reference letters will also be weighed heavily.

A couple of other things to keep in mind if you are thinking of applying to work with me at UMass.

First, keep in mind that I am situated within the Department of Environmental Conservation; this means that your comprehensive exams and coursework (where relevant) will be heavily oriented towards concepts in environmental conservation and natural resources management. Second, if you are interested in receiving your core training in the behavioral, social and/or communications sciences but want to focus specifically on issues of environmental decision-making and communication, please consider applying to either the Psychology, Communications, LARP or Resource Economics departments at UMass, all of which are quite strong programs. There may be opportunities for you to enroll in one of those programs but work closely with me while you are at UMass. Each of those departments has its own set of rules and deadlines for graduate admissions, so if you think you might be interested in going that route, I would recommend you start the process sooner rather than later. If you do apply to one of those programs and are interested in topics that I work on, please send me a brief note letting me know of your application and potential interest in working together.