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Alasdair S. Roberts, director of the School of Public Policy, writes an essay in The Conversation where he argues that the idea of American exceptionalism – that the country has a mission and character that makes it different from other nations – doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. 

An op-ed co-authored by Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes, political science, says analysts of the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections are missing a key group: the more than 4 million voters, disproportionately young and black, who supported Obama and didn’t vote in 2016. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments on ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and his tenure as the nation’s top diplomat. “Tillerson would be at or near the bottom of the list of secretaries of state, not just in the post-Second World War world but in the record of US secretaries of state,” says Musgrave.

We caught up with Nathalie Amazan '20 to talk about the work she does on campus in a leadership capacity. Nathalie is a political science and legal studies major, the newly elected Vice President of the UMass Amherst Student Government Association, the co-founder of the UMass Prison Abolition Collective, and works at the Stonewall Center where she does trainings around queer and trans identities and terminologies. She is also a member of the SBS Academic Fellows program and works at theCenter for Education Policy & Advocacy (CEPA).

Alasdair S. Roberts, director of the School of Public Policy and faculty at the Department of Political Science, writes an essay in The Conversation about the role realism plays in international and domestic politics. He says the current political situation is “difficult but not unusual” and says a sense of fragility is the norm. 

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says a federal judicial nominee who left several controversial items off her disclosure form to the Senate Judiciary Committee should raise concerns. “Is this an oversight or is this strategic withholding of information?” Goldman asks. “If it’s strategic, that raises very serious questions. Whether the Senate Judiciary Republicans majority find that troubling or not, I don’t know.”

A news story about ideological and political discord within the Democratic Party notes that polling done by Brian F. Schaffner, political science, found that 12 percent of voters who supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary ended up voting for Donald Trump in the November election against Hillary Clinton. 

Alasdair S. Roberts, political science and director of the School of Public Policy, writes about grand strategy and why he believes in today’s world it cannot be neatly divided between directing foreign policy to handle global issues and domestic policy to deal with internal political pressures. He argues for a more inclusive view that includes both aspects at the same time. 

Rebecca Hamlin, legal studies, is quoted in an article arguing that the “Red Scare” of the mid-20th century shaped the “artificial distinction between migrants and refugees.” 

Jesse H. Rhodes, political science, is interviewed for a podcast where he discusses his new book “Ballot Blocked.”  Rhodes argues that Republicans in Congress along with Republican presidential administrations since the 1960s have appeared to support the Voting Rights Act, but have used a variety of methods to undermine its intent and application.