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While most college courses involve tests or papers, the final exam for students in a course on “The Politics of the End of the World” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College involved researching, recording and releasing a podcast that explored major changes in Massachusetts history. The students’ podcasts have been published online and are now available for download and steaming via Spotify, Stitcher and at

Congratulations to Sam Stoddard, who just accepted a visiting assistant professor position in American Politics at the College of the Holy Cross! This is a wonderful recognition of Sam's outstanding research and excellent teaching record.

TEHRAN - Peter M. Haas, a professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst says that the crux of the argument about secular and religious states in IR is still seen as the conflict between animating pressures on people:  religious, post religious, secular.

An article about Vice President Joe Biden’s entry into the 2020 race for U.S. president quotes Paul Musgrave, political science, who says that Biden represents a mainstream centrist view on U.S. foreign policy.

Over the last several years, local newspapers across the U.S. have shuttered, leaving their communities with limited access to information about what’s going on in their hometowns. In tandem with this media consolidation, Americans are becoming more politically polarized. Carolee McGrath sat down with Scott Blinder, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, to find more about these trends.  

Lauren McCarthy receives the Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships 2019-2020 for a six week program at the University of Helsinki. 

Paul Musgrave, political science comments about Bernie Sanders's foreign policy in VOX. “This really is a departure from traditional foreign policy statements to acknowledge that the troubles with the world political and economic order predate Trump and are far more structural.” 

Congratulations to Ben Nolan PhD student at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst for being awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ben Nolan was one of seventy provisional awardees, selected from a total of 956 submitted applications from graduate students at 100 universities.

Congratulations to Adam Dahl, who recently received a TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development!

Congratulations to Angelica Bernal, who recently received an SBS Research Grant from the Dean's Research Council!