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Paul M. Collins, Jr., political science and director of legal studies, comments in a news story about referendum questions on the state ballot. He says Questions 1 and 3 are written in a confusing manner. Collins says Question 3, where a “yes” vote would uphold a 2016 law that prevents gender identity-based discrimination in public accommodations, and a “no” vote seeks to repeal that law is an example of unclear language for ballot questions.

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, comments in news stories about President Donald J. Trump’s assertion that he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order. Like most legal scholars, Hamlin is skeptical of the plan. The 14th Amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.

Professor Carpenter's expertise is published in a WalletHub article titled "2018’s States with the Most and Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms" by  Adam McCann, Financial Writer.

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, is having a predictable difficult time criticizing Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for not raising taxes enough. 

George Goodwin, a former member of the Political Science faculty and long-time Amherst resident died at the age of 97. Goodwin had an extremely prominent career: he served as a member of the UMass Amherst faculty, was a major architect of the development of UMass
Boston, and served in a wide array of civic organizations.

Political Science Professor Peter M. Haas delivered the keynote address to the attendees of the thirty-second Annual Congress of the Mexican Association of International Studies (AMEI) on Thursday, October 19. 

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, comments in a story about the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce illegal immigration by threatening other counties with funding cutoffs and issuing warnings to migrants they will be treated harshly if they enter the country illegally. 

Paul M. Collins, political science and director of legal studies, comments in two opinion pieces about the recent controversy generated by the elevation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Political Science Professor, Raymond J. LaRaja, was the keynote speaker for a conference sponsored by France's Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School (IRSEM). His topic was "The United States: a power in transition? Trump's America and US Strategic Issues for 2020." 

Associate Professor Kevin Young and Professor Charli Carpenter published an article in International Studies Quarterly this month that has appeared on the journal's "most read" list! The very popular article is entitled, "Does Science Fiction Affect Political Fact? Yes and No: A Survey Experiment on 'Killer Robots".