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Looking for an advisor for a research project? Have a burning question about SSPS? Our faculty are here to help! From political science and psychology to systems thinking and international development, our faculty comprise a broad range of disciplines and are dedicated to bridging the gap between STEM and society. For more information, check out their individual profiles! 


Department Head

Robert Krueger

Robert Krueger

Head of the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies, ad Interim
Office: SL 223C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5110
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

Our Faculty

Crystal Brown

Crystal Brown

Assistant Professor-Social Science
Office: SL 332
Phone: +1 (508) 8315163
Crystal H. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus in the subfields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy at the University of Oregon. She also has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of interest include comparative immigration and integration policies, human rights, refugees, race/ethnicity and politics, and international security studies. ... View Profile
James Doyle

James Kevin Doyle

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Laboratories 317A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5583
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) 8315000 x5452
  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
Angela Incollingo Rodriguez

Angela C Incollingo Rodriguez

Assistant Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 317B
Angela Incollingo Rodriguez is an assistant professor of Psychological & Cognitive Sciences and a faculty member in the new WPI Neuroscience Initiative. In addition to collaborating on interdisciplinary research teams across campus - including the Chronic Pain Research Group - she also directs her own lab - the WPI Stigma Eating & Endocrinology Dynamics (SEED) Lab. Her research program uses a biopsychosocial approach to study health and health behaviors. ... View Profile
Erin Ottmar

Erin R Ottmar

Assistant Professor
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, spent 3 years as a post-doctoral research scientist at the University of Richmond. ... View Profile
Oleg Pavlov

Oleg V Pavlov

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 310A
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5234
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 Radzicki

Michael J. Radzicki

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 310C
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5767
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
Derren Rosbach

Derren Rosbach

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: 100 Institute RD
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5826
The overarching goal of my teaching and research is to contribute to an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental governance and policy. More specifically, I focus on the building of individual, organizational and institutional capacities to participate in collaborative efforts to address complex social and environmental sustainability problems through the application of science and technology. ... View Profile
Khalid Saeed

Khalid Saeed

Office: Salisbury Labs 312-D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5563
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
Stacy Shaw

Stacy Shaw

Assistant Professor-Social Science
Stacy Shaw's research focuses on understanding creative thinking in mathematics, how anxiety and other threat experiences affect mathematical cognition and reasoning, as well as how classroom experiences can affect performance and learning in STEM. She graduated with her Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA in 2020, and is an Ambassador for the Center for Open Science, Catalyst for the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, and a part of the Better Book research team for the Coursekata project.  View Profile
Jeanine Skorinko

Jeanine LM Skorinko

Professor- Social Science
Office: Salisbury Labs 317D
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5451
Jeanine Skorinko is a professor of psychology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the Department of Social Science and Policy Studies. She also is the director of the Psychological & Cognitive Science 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 Smith

Alexander D. Smith

Associate Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 310B
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6543
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. ... View Profile
Gbetonmasse Somasse

Gbetonmasse B. Somasse

Associate Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 315
Dr. Gbetonmasse Somasse is an economist and applied econometrician with field experience as a development practitioner. He is  an Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science and Policy Studies at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Prior to joining WPI, he was a lecturer at Clark University. He also served as senior economist statistician at the Central Bank of West African States and a consultant for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Program. ... View Profile
Elisabeth Stoddard

Elisabeth Anne Stoddard

Associate Teaching Professor - Social Science
Office: Salisbury Laboratories, 310F
Prof Stoddard is a human-environment geographer who is interested in the intersection of nature, society, and justice, particularly in the context of climate change. She looks at the ways in which we can design for climate resilience, in terms of infrastructure, location specific practices, and through community resilience. Stoddard also looks at the vulnerability and resilience of food systems to disasters (climate, disease outbreaks, etc.), and the impacts for humans, animals, and ecosystems. ... View Profile

Our Affiliates

Jenny Chan

Jenny Chan

Post-Doctoral Fellow
2019 PhD, Child Psychology, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities 2013 BS, Psychology & Biology, University of Wisconsin–Madison I'm a developmental psychologist conducting research on mathematical thinking and learning. I'm currently a postdoc fellow in Learning Sciences and Technologies at WPI.  My research examines the mechanisms and the cognitive processes involved in mathematical development. The first line of my work focuses on the effects of perceptual and contextual features in the environment on learning mathematics. ... View Profile
Stuart Hilger

Stuart Hilger

Affiliate Research Scientist

Eric Keys

Affiliate Research Associate

Ji-Eun Lee

Post-Doctoral Fellow
Office: SL242, 100 Institute Road
Ji-Eun's research applies techniques of learning analytics and educational data mining to improve instructional design and student success in mathematics education. She develops data models that identify student behaviors and mathematical strategies, and predict learning outcomes and engagement. View Profile
Raafat Zaini

Raafat Zaini

Research Scientist
Raafat Zaini is a research scientist at the Social Science and Policy Studies department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). His published research in modeling dynamic systems spans organizational design, dissent, change, strategy, and cognitive learning. Raafat worked as a researcher at the MIT Sociotechnical Systems Research Center and consulted for the Advance Management Group. He reviews for academic journals and conferences, including the Academy of Management, Management Communication Quarterly, and the System Dynamics Society. ... View Profile

Our Staff

Kimberly Hollan

Kimberly S. Hollan

Program Coordinator
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x6889

Our Adjuncts

Thomas J. Balistrieri

Assistant Teaching Professor-Interdisciplinary
Office: Varies by term
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5540

Melissa Butler

IGSD Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer
Office: 100 Institute RD

George R Heaton

Adjunct Teaching Professor
Office: Salisbury Labs 315
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x5296