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Philip McNamara

After graduating from UMass Amherst, Philip McNamara ’97, joined the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the assistant to the director of party affairs and delegate selection. “It was my first ‘professional’ job,” reflects McNamara. “I was 23 and figured I would stay there for a year or two.” After...Read more

Ashley Messenger

Ashley Messenger ’91 has a passion for the First Amendment. As a student, Messenger studied the constitution and engaged in general discussions about American politics, but not until she began working as a lawyer did she realize how “fun” the First Amendment can be. Read more...

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Matthew Bonaccorsi

Though Matthew Bonaccorsi ‘13 now has a great job in the office of Massachusetts State Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg as Constituent Services and New Media Aide, he is no stranger to being rejected. Read more...Read more

Bart Gobeil

If you are like most people, you will walk away from your undergraduate career with fond memories, great friends, new skills, and a few “words of wisdom” that will follow you throughout your career. For Bart Gobeil ’94, the words of wisdom that have followed him after leaving UMass are “it’s all about perspective.” Read more...Read more

Jamie Zagami

After being a founder of UMass' Veterans and Service Members Association, it would be hard to imagine how much more of a professional and personal link to veterans Jaime Zagami could have. But she then went onto become an Operations Associate for American Corporate Partners, helping veterans transition into...Read more

Paul Musgrave is assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He studies U.S. foreign policy, international relations theory, and how oil revenues change political institutions. His research has appeared or is forthcoming in International Organization, International Studies QuarterlyComparative Political StudiesAmerican Politics Review, and International Theory. and he has written...Read more

Justin H. Gross

Justin H. Gross holds a Ph.D. in Statistics and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. His applied research interests are in U.S. ideologies, political communication in mass and social media, public opinion, and public policy. He works on methodological problems in measurement, text analysis, and network analysis, and is...Read more

Ann Merriam Feinberg '68

Ann thanks UMass for giving her a good start: “what I learned at UMass is important to who I am today,” she says. She encourages today’s students to appreciate all that UMass offers. College goes by quickly, “…try not to feel pressured to make life decisions right away, you have time...Read more

Armen Baibourtian

Ambassador Armen Baibourtian is a visiting professor coming to UMass from the realm of the United Nations diplomacy and international development. He was the Senior Adviser to the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia from 2008 to 2013. He twice served as the Armenian...Read more

Vincent Ferraro

Professor Vincent Ferraro is the Ruth Lawson Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College, where he has been teaching since 1976. His research focuses on changes in international relations since the Cold War, and he teaches courses on World Politics, American Foreign Policy and International Political Economy. Professor Ferraro...Read more

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