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Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Director of Legal Studies, was appointed to the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry. Collins also published, along with Christina L. Boyd and Lori A. Ringhand, an article in Law & Society Review titled: "The Role of Nominee Gender and Race at U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings".

Congratulation to Peter Haas who was recognized as one of the "Political Science 400" most influential scholars in the discipline. See the analysis, which was recently published in PS.

LaRaja, Rhodes and Schaffner's opinions quoted in the New York Times. Raymond La Raja and Brian Schaffner, political scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Tufts, in their 2015 book, “Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail,” argue that legislative inaction inherently benefits the affluent and hurts the less advantaged. Jesse Rhodes, questioned whether Democratic donors support the goal of reducing economic inequality.

Tatishe M. Nteta, political science is part of a panel discussion about how society and politics are likely to change when whites become a minority of the U.S. population in the coming decades.

Alexandria Nylen, Ph.D student in Political Science is the lead author on a paper that was just accepted at European Journal of International Security. The paper, "Questions of Life or Death? De-Constructing Human Rights Norms in Public Opinion Polls" demonstrates that the discursive structure of public opinion polls on national security issues is biased in favor of human rights violators rather than human rights defenders. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, is interviewed in a news story about people who have deactivated their Facebook accounts. He says he made the move at the beginning of this year because he became perturbed by the misinformation that was spreading on the site during the 2016 election and the revelations about the site’s relationship to Cambridge Analytica. 


Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor in political science, is interviewed in a national Argentinian newspaper about the controversy that erupted during the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, who was eventually elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Paul Musgrave, assistant professor of political science at University of Massachusetts Amherst, praised Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter for "treating voters as neither super-sophisticated DC insiders, nor as people who can't be trusted to make up their own minds, but rather as people who are curious and intelligent but who aren't experts in DC process."

UMass Political Science Professors Tatishe Nteta and Jesse Rhodes discuss the results of a recent UMass political poll covering state and national hot topics.

Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a 2018 graduate and the student commencement speaker, has been awarded a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellowships are awarded in a highly competitive nationwide contest.