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Recently, New York magazine set the Internet on fire with a piece speculating that hacked voting machines may have tipped November’s presidential election.

On Oct. 30, the Chicago Cubs were down three games to one, just a loss away from blowing their chance at a first World Series championship in more than a century. Analysts said the Cubs’ chances were only 13 to 15 percent. “The Cubs have a smaller chance of winning than Trump does,” announced FiveThirtyEight, which put Trump’s chances at 21 percent.

A large collection of students, staff, and faculty came together in the Cape Cod Lounge on November 8th to watch the live election results. The event fostered ongoing political conversation and provided participants with a place to share the experience of watching history in the making.

Please join us is congratulating Alix Olson, a doctoral candidate in our program, on her recent awards and accomplishments: 

Please mark your calendars so you can be sure to join us for this unique Political Theory graduate alumni lecture series. A flyer of the complete series is attached, for your convenience.

Professor Nicholas Xenos was the editor for the recently published book Fugitive Democracy and Other Essays. The essays, written by political theorist Sheldon S. Wolin, offer a unique interpretation of democracy and pull from the work of a number of celebrated political theorists. Sheldon S. Wolin was professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University.

Antonio Vázquez-Arroyo

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

“Responsibility and the Predicaments of Power: A Discussion of Political Theory after UMass”

Professor Jamal Greene presented "Rights as Trumps: A Reappraisal" at the Department of Political Science's 12th Annual Dean Alfange Jr., Distinguished Lecture on American Constitutionalism on September 15. Professor Greene, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia University, addressed a full audience that actively raised questions during the Q and A session of the lecture. Distinguished guests included Mayor David Narkewicz of Northhampton, Dean John Hird, UMass alumni, donors and board members.

Leila Kawar, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies, recently won the APSA Migration and Citizenship Section Award for the best book on migration and/or citizenship published in 2015. This is the second prize that Kawar has earned for her book Contesting Immigration Policy in Court.

The UMass Amherst Department of Political Science had quite the presence at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (APSA) from September 1st through September 4th. 26 representatives from UMass Amherst gave a total of 40 presentations.