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Paul Musgrave and J. Furman Daniel in 2017 examined the impact of popular culture on policymakers’ world views and how they can change or reinforce their opinions and conclusions in an academic journal. Musgrave and Daniel argue that novels, movies, and television can generate what they term “synthetic experiences,” which “reinforce, induce, and even replace identities and beliefs that affect how audiences behave in the real world.”

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, according to a new poll released today by the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, is co-author of an election analysis that shows President Donald J. Trump is losing key groups of voters, especially young people and college-educated women, who previously supported Republican presidential candidates like Mitt Romney. 

Paul Musgrave, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst is featured in the newest issue of International Studies Review for his article entitled "Asymmetry, Hierarchy and the Ecclesiastes Trap" and quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education about political bias in grading.

Professor Peter Haas from the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst has recently published an article titled: "Complex Systems and International Governance" in the International Studies Review Forum.

Meredith Loken, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst has recently published two articles.

Jamie Rowen, political science, has been selected for one of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious awards — the CAREER Award, the highest recognition NSF gives to early-career faculty.

Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science, is among a small group of global experts invited to publish an article in the inaugural issue of the Dubai Policy Review Journal, titled: "The Wicked Nature of Digital Transformation."

Ray La Raja, political science, says that more women could be running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 because activist groups and party leaders are pushing them to run and these groups and leaders don’t see women as much of a liability if they can distinguish themselves from the poorly-run Clinton campaign of 2016.

Last fall, Legal Studies professor, Jamie Rowen, was awarded a $500,000, 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and write a book about veterans in the criminal justice system. Funding was to begin in early February, but since the shutdown, Rowen's and others' grants have not been processed on schedule, resulting in a major delay in her work schedule.