M.V. Lee Badgett, PhD
Lee Badgett, Professor and Director
Center for Public Policy and Administration / Economics
102 Gordon Hall
Education: Ph.D. in Economics: University of California, Berkeley, 1990
Research Interests: labor economics; employment discrimination; economics of sexual orientation; same-sex marriage
M. V. Lee Badgett is a Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also serves as research director of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA’s School of Law. Her most recent book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage, addresses the core issues in marriage debates in European countries and the U.S. She drew on that work in her recent testimony in the Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial challenging California’s Proposition 8. She recently directed a successful four-year project funded by the Ford Foundation to encourage more and better data collection on sexual orientation. Other publications include Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men and the co-edited Sexual Orientation Discrimination: An International Perspective.
Courses Taught: PUBP&ADM 396: Independent Study; PUBP&ADM 496: Independent Study; PUBP&ADM 603: Public Policy Analysis; PUBP&ADM 605: Economics & Public Policy; PUBP&ADM 610: Capstone; PUBP&ADM 696: Independent Study