Emily M Douglas

Emily M Douglas

Professor and Department Head
Office: Room 311
Phone: 508-831-5788
I am a full professor and head of the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts. In 2016-2017 I was a Congressional fellow in Washington, D.C., dually sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Technology. In this position, I worked for Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) and the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on child welfare policy. ... View Profile
Ivon Arroyo

Ivon Arroyo

Associate Professor- Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 317A
Phone: +1-508-831-6715
A true hybrid across disciplines, professor Arroyo specializes in Learning Sciences, Computer Science and Educational/Cognitive Psychology. Her expertise is in the design of novel technologies for learning and assessment for mathematics, for students throughout the K-12 level. She and her team create intelligent tutoring systems that automatically assess students’ math skills, affective states and metacognitive states, respond to students on the spot, and report strengths and weaknesses (in real time) to the teacher, as students are working on computers or mobile devices. ... View Profile

Jenny Yun-Chen Chan

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Office: 100 Institute Road
James Kevin Doyle

James Kevin Doyle

Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 317A
Phone: +1-508-831-5583
I am a social psychologist trained in the interdisciplinary field of judgment and decision making. I am particularly interested in how people develop an understanding of complex environmental and societal problems and how their "mental models" of complex systems can best be studied and improved to aid both personal and public decision making. I firmly believe that environmental and social problems can't be solved without understanding how they are represented in the mind and identifying what cognitive processes people bring to bear upon them. ... View Profile
Laureen Elgert

Laureen Elgert

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories
Phone: +1-508-831-5452
Laureen's interest in environmental studies grew as she traveled through Southeast Asia and South America, noticing that local resource users' idea of environmentalism often bore little resemblance to familiar interpretations. She has since been particularly interested in the environment-development nexus, examining how politics shapes global environmental policy that can, and often does, have profound impacts on local livelihoods. ... View Profile
Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Associate Professor
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Director, Worcester Project Center, UK
Social Science
Office: SL 223C
Phone: +1-508-831-5110
Robert Krueger is a human geographer whose scholarship and teaching focus on creating sustainable, socially just, improvements to development projects in the global north and south. His work has taken him around the world. He has worked in countries in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, on issues of economic development and institutional change. His scholarship and teaching challenge conventional notions of economic development, economy-environment relationships, and social change. ... View Profile

Neeraj Menon

Sr Software Engineer
Erin R Ottmar

Erin R Ottmar

Assistant Professor
Social Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
Erin Ottmar is an assistant professor of psychology and learning sciences at WPI. She received her BA in psychology and elementary education from the University of Richmond. After college, she spent several years teaching in Ecuador and Japan. In 2011, she received her PhD in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science from the University of Virginia. After graduate school, returned to a small liberal arts environment and spent 3 years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Richmond. ... View Profile
Oleg V Pavlov

Oleg V Pavlov

Associate Professor
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 310A
Phone: +1-508-831-5234
Professor Pavlov earned a BS degree in Physics/Computer Science and a PhD in Economics from University of Southern California and an MBA from Cornell University. He has taught at WPI since 2002. He has been to many universities in the US, Russia and Western Europe, but he thinks WPI is like no other university. The project-based approach at WPI allows him to involve students in research projects. He values the opportunity to include students in his research through IQPs and MQPs. ... View Profile
Michael J. Radzicki

Michael J. Radzicki

Associate Professor
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 310C
Phone: +1-508-831-5767, +1-508-831-5296
Professor Radzicki is an economist, creator of WPI’s program in system dynamics, and co-creator of WPI’s program in trading and investment system development. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame and his training in system dynamics computer simulation modeling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, he is a certified Rapid-I Predictive Analytics Analyst. Professor Radzicki’s research focuses on predictive analytics, simulation science, and the application of techniques from these areas to problems in economics, finance, and management. ... View Profile
Kent J. Rissmiller

Kent J. Rissmiller

Dean ad interim, Interdisciplinary and Global Studies Division
Director, Washington Project Center
Igsd Office
Office: Project Center 201
Phone: +1-508-831-5019, +1-508-831-5296
Kent Rissmiller completed studies in political science at Muhlenberg College (AB) and Syracuse University (PhD). Along the way, he also completed a JD at the University of New Hampshire Law School, where he worked in the Energy Law Institute. Professor Rissmiller also worked for three years as an attorney for the Public Service Commission of Nevada, where he was involved in setting rates and policies for electric and water utilities. At WPI, Professor Rissmiller teaches government, law, and public policy. He also directs the Pre-Law program and oversees the Law and Technology minor. ... View Profile
Angela C Incollingo Rodriguez

Angela C Incollingo Rodriguez

Assistant Professor
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 317B
Angela Incollingo Rodriguez is an assistant professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She is also co-director of the Global Public Health minor. She received her PhD in health psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research program uses a biopsychosocial approach to study health and health behaviors. ... View Profile
Khalid Saeed

Khalid Saeed

Professor
Director System Dynamics Program
Director System Dynamics and Innovation Management Program
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 312-D
Phone: +1-508-831-5563, +1-508-831-5296
Khalid Saeed is professor of economics and system dynamics. Widely recognized for his work on computer modeling and experimental analysis of developmental, organizational, and governance-related issues, he has written two books and numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of developmental and management agendas, including sustainable economic development, infrastructure planning, political economy, supply chain management, and system dynamics modeling. ... View Profile

Katharine Bigelow Sawrey

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Social Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
Jeanine LM Skorinko

Jeanine LM Skorinko

Associate Professor
Director of Psychological Science Program
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 317D
Phone: +1-508-831-5451
Jeanine Skorinko is an associate professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She also is the director of the Psychological Science undergraduate program. She received her PhD in social psychology at the University of Virginia. Her research program attempts to understand how factors in our social environment, especially those factors we are unaware of, influence decisions and interpersonal interactions. ... View Profile
Alexander D. Smith

Alexander D. Smith

Associate Professor
Director of the SSPS Experimental Economics Laboratory
Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 310B
Phone: +1-508-831-6543
Alexander Smith’s research focuses on altruism, trust, cooperation and honesty. In particular, he is interested in learning how behavior relates to beliefs about the actions of others and how psychology can be used for promoting pro-social behavior. These areas of research provide a better understanding of the factors underlying real-world pro-social behaviors such as volunteering and charitable giving. In essence, they provide insight into how to make the world a better place. Smith is passionate about economics and enjoys teaching because it allows him to share his passion with others. ... View Profile
Gbetonmasse Blaise Somasse

Gbetonmasse Blaise Somasse

Assistant Teaching Professor
Social Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
My research is policy-oriented and focuses on development from the perspective of applied economics and policy evaluation. From my experience as economist and development practitioner in West Africa, I came to realize that as long as actual or potential growth is lagging, promoting economic and social development can be extremely challenging. That is why my research focuses on how economic theory and empirical analysis can provide insights to improve growth and development strategies. ... View Profile
Patricia A. Stapleton

Patricia A. Stapleton

Assistant Professor
Director of the Society, Technology, and Policy Program
Social Science
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: 508-831-4832
Professor Stapleton’s research focuses on food regulation, particularly the role of technology in food safety and security. Her interest in agricultural biotechnology regulation and the differences between the American and European approaches to risk assessment and management for genetically modified organisms were the foundation of her doctoral research. She has continued this work on agricultural biotechnology regulation in the European Union, as well as expanded her focus to include how biotechnology regulatory frameworks impact food production and trade. ... View Profile
Elisabeth "Lisa" Stoddard

Elisabeth "Lisa" Stoddard

Assistant Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 310F
Phone: 508-831-5284
Prof Stoddard is a human geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and social justice. She looks at the ways in which farmed animal production can create environmental hazards and injustice for local communities, including water, air, and soil pollution, as well as the spread of disease. She examines how a changing climate and global economy can exacerbate these issues. Stoddard also looks at the ability of social movements to make powerful changes, especially in the age of social media. ... View Profile

Raafat Zaini

Research Scientist
Social Science
Office: 100 Institute RD

Staff

Alice Clark

Alice Clark

Phone: 508-831-5296

Jean Siequist

Administrative Assistant VI
Phone: 508-831-5296

Associated Faculty

 

First Name Last Name Title Email
Melissa Butler Adjunct Teaching Professor mbutler@wpi.edu
Richard Freije Adjunct Teaching Professor rmfreije@wpi.edu
Dylan Harris Adjunct Teaching Professor dmharris@wpi.edu
Thomas Balistrieri Adjunct Teaching Professor tjbalistrieri@wpi.edu
Ingrid Shockey Adjunct Associate Professor ishockey@wpi.edu
George Heaton Adjunct Associate Professor grheaton@wpi.edu
Demetri Kantarelis Adjunct Associate Professor dkantarelis@wpi.edu
Seth Tuler Adjunct Associate Professor stuler@wpi.edu
Kim Warren Adjunct Associate Professor kwarren@wpi.edu
Janice Yee Adjunct Associate Professor janiceyee@wpi.edu
James Thompson Adjunct Teaching Professor jpthompson@wpi.edu
John Morecroft Adjunct Professor jmorecroft@wpi.edu
Bob Eberlein Adjunct Professor eberlein@wpi.edu
Karim Chichackly Adjunct Professor karmic@wpi.edu