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  1. Podcast: "Why Washington can't escape the West Wing".
  2. JSTOR "The Civilian Solution to Bank Robberies", Paul Musgrave quoted.
  3. "The Missing Links: Choosing and Rejecting International Issue Linkages in the Presidential Interest". Presidential Studies Quarterly.
  4. "Universities Aren't Ready for Trade War Casualties", Foreign Policy.
  5. U.S. Tariff War with China, Connecting Point.
  6. "IR Theory and 'Game of Thrones' Are Both Fantasies" Foreign Policy.

Peter Haas co-authored with Kate O'Neil: “Being there: International Negotiations as Study Sites in Global Environmental Politics” Global Environmental Governance 19:2 (May) pp 4-13.

Charli Carpenter published an article in Foreign Affairs titled: “Game of Thrones as Theory” back in 2012 and it's now highlighted in light of the Game Of Thrones finale. The article explains how the show is not as Machiavellan as it seems, and is instead a deeply progressive, human-security-focused narrative about power, justice and the dangers of unchecked realpolitik. (Foreign Affairs, 5/19/19)

Among the foreign-policy intelligentsia, and society broadly, interpreting Game of Thrones (and the book series by George R. R. Martin that the show is based on) has become a cottage industry. Every political analyst, historian, or theorist has his or her take on what lessons can be drawn from the story for real-world foreign policy. This enthusiasm tells us something about the show’s political implications: fans and writers argue over Game of Thrones precisely because there is power in interpreting a story to support one’s own arguments about what is right and who gets to choose. (Foreign Affairs, 5/27/19)

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst honored the exemplary achievement, initiative and leadership of some of its most talented and accomplished graduating seniors during Undergraduate Commencement on Friday, May 10 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Three of the ten members of the graduating class are within the Department of Political Science. They were honored as 21st Century Leaders at Undergraduate Commencement:

In 1972, the US Congress passed Title IX  to address sex discrimination in educational institutions receiving federal aid. Four decades on, Elizabeth A. SharrowJames N. Druckman and Jacob E. Rothschild take a close look at current perceptions of how Title IX has been implemented, with a specific focus on its effects on college athletes. They find that not only are student athletes aware that there should be gender equity – and in fact recognize existing inequities – they are also willing to take action to promote more equitable practices by universities.

Alexandria Nylen, an advanced PhD Candidate in International Relations, has had a paper accepted in the very prestigious European Journal of International Relations! This journal is ranked 6th by the most recent Teaching and Research in International Politics survey. EJIR accepts only 12% of papers, and to publish there as a PhD candidate is a tremendous achievement. 

Two outstanding staff members have been recognized this spring for their exemplary work in the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). Mary Ann Libardi, Director of Personnel for the SBS Dean’s Office, and Aaron Tauscher, Financial Manager for the Department of Political Science, were chosen by a committee of their peers from a highly competitive pool of nominees. The Outstanding Staff Award is given to those who have made an impact on SBS by fostering a collaborative environment, creating a positive work environment, implementing innovative work processes or systems, and exemplifying integrity and dedication.

Congratulations to Luz Maria Sanchez Duque who was awarded a Graduate School Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation work. These grants were very competitive, with only 34% of applications awarded funding. Congratulations Luz Maria on this important accomplishment!


“The rhetoric from the media and politicians is they’re brainwashed, they’re deceived, they’re lovestruck, they don’t know what they’re doing,” said Meredith Loken, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst who has studied women who join violent extremist groups. “But even if they didn’t pick up guns,” she said, many were “actively contributing to this group.” (The New York Times, 5/8/19)

Nick Akerman, a UMass Political Science alum from 1968 writes an Op-Ed column on the New York Times about the Mueller investigation on President Trump. Akerman was a prosecutor in the investigation that led to Richard Nixon's resignation, and he explains in his column why the case against Trump, while equally meritorious, has been more difficult to prove.