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Congratulations to Libby Sharrow, who was recently awarded a Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant from the Center for Teaching Effectiveness and Faculty Development (TEFD)! The Mutual Mentoring program supports faculty in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages.


By Paul Musgrave - March 28

The conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his investigation of President Trump last weekend came as an anticlimax. Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary makes plain that while the report does not conclude that the president committed crimes, it does not exonerate him, either. Yet after month upon month of anticipation, the investigation had become so freighted that the non-release of a non-exoneration led the New York Times to headline its analysis, “A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted,” while The Washington Post reported that Hill Democrats were giving up on impeachment for now. 

Congratulations to Usmaan Farooqui for being awarded the highly competitive Mellon/American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation, "Precarious Pipes: Governance, Informality and the Politics of Access in Karachi."

Appearance may be more important than actual age in voters’ decisions about supporting older candidates, says Raymond La Raja, political science. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, discusses last week’s U.S.-North Korea summit in Hanoi and the ways this summit differed from previous high-stakes meetings between world powers.

Elizabeth A. Sharrow, political science, is co-author of an opinion piece in The Washington Post about the importance of intersectionality and the need to support both women and African Americans in cases such as the allegation of sexual assault by Vanessa Tyson against Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. 

Meredith Loken, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst recently published "The West Needs to Take the Politics of Women in ISIS Seriously" in Foreign Policy along with her colleagues.

Scott Blinder, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst recently co-authored a research article that examines public support for a key contested multicultural policy in contemporary Europe: the provision of religious schools. It makes two main contributions, one substantive and one theoretical. Substantively, the main contribution is to provide new experimental evidence demonstrating the existence of discrimination against Muslims on a central issue of multicultural social policy. 

Congratulation to our student awardees for being the Fulbright recipients from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences contributing to UMass ranking as a “Top Producing Institution” for Fulbright Scholars for 2018-19.

There is national and regional news coverage of a new poll released Feb. 20 by UMass Poll, a program based in the department of political science. The poll shows that a year out from the New Hampshire presidential primary, former Vice President Joe Biden, who has yet to declare whether he will run for president in 2020, is the early preferred Democratic nominee among likely Democratic primary voters in the Granite State.