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Nicholas Xenos, professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, has been awarded a grant of $225,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a Sawyer Seminar entitled “The Universal Basic Income: History and Theory of a Utopian Desire.”

A news analysis of political misinformation that populated the social media site Reddit during the 2016 political campaign notes that researchers Rishab Nithyandand, along with UMass Amherst's Brian F. Schaffner, political science, and Phillipa Gill, computer science, conducted a study of the Reddit traffic. (C/net, 12/19/17) 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news story about how President Donald J. Trump and Rex Tillerson are saying different and contradictory things about dealing with North Korea. In another news report, Professor Musgrave comments about how President Trump and his administration are facing some pushback from federal agencies where officials don't accept Trump's views on key issues such as climate change.

Paul Musgrave, political science, was a panelist during a presentation by former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson on the relationship between foreign policy and social media.

- State Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg was a guest speaker in Raymond J. La Raja’s political science class last week. 

- Professor La Raja is also the co-author of a new report that examines how activist groups are re-engineering politics on both the left and the right.

Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of political science, comments in a news report about President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to get a federal judge confirmed who has no trial experience.

A new study co-authored by Brian F. Schaffner, political science, and Phillipa Gill, computer science, looks at Reddit and finds a strong correlation between the rise of Donald Trump’s popularity and increase in offensiveness in social media comments and messages.

Professor Musgrave featured in the national news in Vox about President Trump's view of China as a threat to the U.S. and in Time article on Rex Tillerson's short-lived tenure.

Jane Fountain, Distinguished Professor of political science and public policy and department chair of political science, delivered a lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 8.

Presented as a play that unfolds in seven acts, the ensuing drama provides readers with both a practical guide for how to conduct immersive participant-observation research and a sophisticated theoretical engagement with the relationship between ethnography as a research method and the operation of power.