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Paul Musgrave, political science, says Rex Tillerson, the current secretary of state, has not done a good job running the U.S. State Department. (Vox, 9/20/17). He also says it is difficult to know what effect the new sanctions imposed on North Korea by the United Nations on fuel supplies will have. (Hellenic Shipping NewsWorld Oil, 9/12/17) Last, Professor Musgrave comments in a news analysis about why some political observers believe the atmosphere in the White House has become toxic, as evidence by President Trump's public quarrels with his staff and cabinet. “The administration is toxic and dysfunctional,” Musgrave says. “The weak link is Trump himself.” He says Trump demands loyalty from his cabinet but still abuses and yells at them when he is displeased. (VoxMSNBC, 10/5/17)

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, writes a column where she compares the immigration systems of Canada and the U.S.

Hello, College. Latino Professors Share Some Great Advice.
Another school year begins and Latinos across the country are entering college in record numbers. Your first days in college will certainly produce anxiety, excitement and lots of questions. Below are some thoughts and practical advice for college students from Latino professors who have "been there, done that" when it comes to education.

In a column in The New York Times, a study Professor Schaffner did showing that voters who backed Bernie Sanders in the presidential primaries and switched to Donald Trump in the final election were a key to Trump’s victories in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin is highlighted. 
Professor Schaffner and doctoral candidate Mia I. Costa, have done a survey of voter attitudes about their member of Congress and have found that women view female representatives as being more competent, having more integrity and representing their district well.

“These are areas where experts disagree, and there’s a big difference in the potential impact based on how much the North Korean regime relies upon outside sources based on those estimates,” (Washington Post)

"The most straightforward research in this area looks at how views on race influenced support for Trump. One paper, published in January by political scientists Brian Schaffner, Matthew MacWilliams, and Tatishe Nteta, found that voters’ measures of sexism and racism correlated much more closely with support for Trump than economic dissatisfaction after controlling for factors like partisanship and political ideology." (Vox)

"The North Korean state has adapted through three strategies: increased reliance on hydropower, greater exploitation of its coal reserves, and simply doing without." (The Diplomat)

The Board of the Consortium of Undergraduate Law and Justice Programs has named Marie MacCune this year’s recipient of its Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award in Interdisciplinary Legal Studies. Ms. MacCune’s thesis, written under the advising of Professor Lauren McCarthy and Senior Lecturer Diane Curtis, is titled “Studying the Fathers’ Rights Movement in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Jerome “Jerry” Mileur, 83, died September 5, 2017. Born in 1934 in Murphysboro, Illinois, Jerry taught political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst from 1967 to 2004 during which he mentored generations of graduate students. For 37 years he served...

The American Political Science Association Section on Class and Inequality named "Understanding Inequality and Representation in Local Politics," 2017 Best Paper.