List of University of Massachusetts Amherst alumni

Alumni from University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA.

Academy Award winners

*William Monahan adapted screenplay, The Departed

Emmy Award winners

*Ed Christie 1979, BFA, Art director/designer for The Jim Henson Company & Sesame Street
*Gordon Fenwick 1997, BA, Editor ESPN, World Figure Skating Championships 2005
*Billy Taylor MA, PhD, Musician, Music Educator

Grammy winners

*Natalie Cole 1972, singer
*Yusef Lateef 1975, composer
*Billy Taylor MA, PhD, composer

Nobel Prize winners

*Russell Hulse 1972G, 1975 Ph.D.

Pulitzer Prize winners

*Herbert Bix 1960, historian
*Natasha Trethewey 1995, poet


*Winthrop E. Stone 1882, former president of Purdue University
*Tisato Kajiyama 1969, President, Kyushu University, Japan
*Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College
*Foong Yoke Yeen, former senior lecturer at National Institute of Education, Singapore
*Henry Paul Monaghan, 1955, Harlan Fiske Stone Professor of Constitutional Law, Columbia University
*Greg Carlson 1977, Professor of Linguistics, University of Rochester
*Earl Conee 1980, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
*Richard Feldman 1975, Professor of Philosophy, University of Rochester
*Alan Sica 1978, Professor of Sociology, Pennsylvania State University
*Edward Wierenga 1974, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, University of Rochester
*James Howard Smith 1993, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of California, Davis
*Jeffrey W. Mantz 1993, Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at George Mason University

Technology and innovation

*Trung Dung, Bachelors in Computer Science and Math, IT tycoon
*Ben Fathi, Bachelors and Masters in Computer Science, Corporate VP of Development at Microsoft


*Jere Burns, 1980, actor
*Richard Gere, 1971, actor (did not graduate)
*Fardeen Khan, Bollywood actor
*William Monahan, screenwriter The Departed
*Bill Pullman, 1980 MFA, actor


*Norm Abram 1972, "America's most famous carpenter"
*Gerry Callahan, Sports writer for the Boston Herald and radio talk show personality for WEEI
*Rob Corddry 1993, former writer and correspondent for "The Daily Show", actor on the television series "The Winner"
*Jeff Corwin 2002, Animal Planet's "The Jeff Corwin Experience"
*Bill Cosby 1972G, 1976 Ed.D., actor, comedian, writer
*Jim Dadonna, sports producer, director, ESPN
*Jeffrey Donovan 2007, star of USA original series Burn Notice
*Adam Kirshner 2006, sports producer, writer, Associate Producer for World Wrestling Entertainment.
*Joanne Weir, James Beard Award-winning host of PBS' "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class"
*Russ Whinnem 1986, sports producer, writer, associate producer of ESPN's "Wednesday Night Fights"

History, literature, art, and music

*Kenny Aronoff 1975, drummer
*David Berman poet, musician
*Frank Black, rock singer and guitarist in the Pixies
*Joey Santiago, guitarist in the Pixies
*Jack Canfield 1972G, best-selling author
*Jill Carroll 1999, journalist for Christian Science Monitor kidnapped in Iraq on assignment in January 2006
*Bill Cosby 1972G, 1976 Ed.D., actor, comedian, writer
*Patrick DeCoste 2000, guitarist, composer
*John Glynn 1990, editor, statesman
*Dana Gould, comedian
*Ken Campbell, author, blogger
*Fardeen Khan Bollywood actor
*Peter Laird, co-creator "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"
*Taj Mahal 1963, composer and singer
*J Mascis, rock singer and guitarist in Dinosaur Jr
*Joe Pernice singer in Pernice Brothers, Scud Mountain Boys, Chappaquiddick Skyline
*Scott Prior 1971, artist
*Jesse Richards Stuckist painter, filmmaker, Remodernist film
*Buffy Sainte-Marie 1970, singer
*Paul Theroux 1963, travel writer and author
*Panio Gianopoulos, writer, boyfriend of actress Molly Ringwald
*Wayne Barcomb 1955, author
*Aaron Burke, guitarist in The Minibosses
*Matt Wood, drummer in The Minibosses
*Ben Baraldi, bassist in The Minibosses
*Flo Steinberg of Marvel Comics


* Marcus Camby 1996, professional basketball player
* Doug Clark professional baseball player, Atlanta Braves
* Joe DiSarcina 1973, Minor League Baseball Player, Pittsburgh Pirates, UMass Men's Basketball and Baseball Hall of Fame Member
* Gary DiSarcina 1995, MLB All-Star, California Angels
* Julius Erving 1971, Hall of Fame professional basketball player (received earned bachelor's and honorary doctorate simultaneously)
* Mike Flanagan 1979, Cy Young Award winner, Baltimore Orioles
* Nick Gorneault 2001, outfielder, Los Angeles Angels
* Davey Hearn 1982, U.S. Olympian—whitewater slalom
* Danielle Henderson 1999, Olympic Gold Medal winner—softball
* Joseph Kocot 2006, Professional Cyclist
* Stephane Lasme 2007, professional basketball player Miami Heat
* Brad Norton 1998, professional ice hockey player
* Jon Quick, professional ice hockey player, Los Angeles Kings
* Chad Paronto, relief pitcher, Houston Astros
* Rick Pitino 1974, professional/collegiate basketball coach
* Thomas Pock, professional ice hockey player, New York Rangers
*Lou Roe 1995, professional basketball player, Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors.
* Marcel Shipp, running back, Arizona Cardinals
* Briana Scurry 1995, Olympic Gold Medal winner—Soccer
* Mike Tannenbaum, general manager, New York Jets
* Al Skinner 1974, basketball coach, Boston College
* Ron Villone 1992, relief pitcher, New York Yankees
* Ray Ellerbrook 1975, UMass Men's Basketball Team Captain, Executive Director of Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park
* Dave Littlefield 1984, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates
* Milt Morin 1966, tight end, All-Pro Cleveland Browns
* Greg Landry 1968, quarterback, Detroit Lions
* Jeff Reardon 1977, relief pitcher Minnesota Twins, Montreal Expos


*Sheila Bair, Professor, Chair of Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)
*Douglas Cliggott 1978, former Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
*John G. Drosdick 1968G, chairman, CEO and president of Sunoco
*Frank Guidara - President and CEO of Au Bon Pain
*Eugene M. Isenberg - BA, 1950 - CEO of Nabors Industries. The [ School of Management] is named in his honor.
*Anshu Jain 1985, Head of Global Markets at Deutsche Bank
*Jack Smith 1960, Chairman of the Board of General Motors
*Jeff Taylor 2001, founder of
*Jack Welch 1957, retired CEO of General Electric
*Vivek Paul, ex-CEO Wipro Technologies

Law and politics

*Bonnie Dumanis (attended), District Attorney of San Diego County ("served" 2003 - "present")
*Lewis G. Evangelidis 1984, member of the Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 2003 - "present")
*Paul K. Frost, (attended), member of the Mass. House of Representatives ("served" 1996 - "present")
*Madeleine Kunin 1956, former ambassador to Switzerland and first woman governor of Vermont
*Maura Hennigan 1972, former Boston City Councilor and first female Clerk-Magistrate of Suffolk County
*Salvatore LaMattina, 1981, District 1 Boston City Councilor
*Jeff Welch 1999, Plymouth County Commissioner
*Allen St. Pierre 1989, Executive Director of NORML in Washington, DC
*Andy Card 2007, Former White House Chief of Staff under George W. Bush, Honorary Doctorate of Public Service


*Phil Buck 1991, explorer
*Catherine Coleman 1991, Ph.D., astronaut
*John F. Lynds, until 1998, Journalist
*Jackson Katz, Social activist
*Betty Shabazz 1975, PhD in Education Administration, widow of Malcom X
* Steve Buckley 1978, sportswriter
*Dan Woodward 2001, Adult film actor

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