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Political Science Senior, Elena Valenzuela-Stookey wrote an Op-ed piece that was published in the New York Times Opinion Section on October 13. The article, titled "Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?" focuses on student debt and is taken from the perspective of her summer student work with the University Helpline. 

Congratulations to Regine Spector, whose book, Order at the Bazaar (Cornell University Press, 2017) has been awarded honorable mention for the Ed A. Hewett Prize for best book on the topic of political economy in Russia, Eurasia  and Eastern Europe (given by the Advancement for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies)

Robert R. Darrow, a doctoral student in political science, comments in a news story about anti-wind farm activists in Europe and why the developing wind energy sector the U.S. could begin to see similar opposition. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news story about the possible implications of reports published by Bloomberg that Chinese hackers have planted malicious computer chips in electronic equipment used by top U.S. technology companies. 

Jane Fountain, distinguished professor of public policy and political science, has been invited by the League of Arab States to join an advisory group on the development of a digital economy in Arab nations.

Paul M. Collins, political science and director of legal studies, is co-author of an essay in The Conversation on how during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices, interruptions by senators and the nominees have increased since the 1980s. 

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the partisan sentiments expressed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a recent hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a direct appeal to the party of Donald J. Trump.

We are pleased to announce that Basileus Zeno has been awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper in Religion and International Relations Award from the International Studies Association. 

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, comments in a story about Paul Caccaviello, who will be running as a write-in candidate for district attorney in Berkshire County this November. 

La Raja also says Democratic U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren appears to see an opportunity to seriously consider a run for the White House. Last weekend Warren told a political gathering in Holyoke that she would “take a hard look” at running for president. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a story about how the FX television series “The Americans” offers a look into the mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The series portrays Cold War spies doing tasks similar to what Putin did as a young KGB officer in East Germany.