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Paul Collins brings an educated eye to the nomination process

As the country waits to see how and when the process to fill Antonin Scalia’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court will play out, Paul M. Collins Jr., associate professor and director of the Legal Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will be watching with deep historical perspective and insight.

The Institute for Social Science Research has selected Professor Libby Sharrow as one of only seven scholars for 2016 - 2017. As a select member of this program, Professor Sharrow will serve to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulation high-quality scholarship and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

On March 8th, Jane Fountain was the moderator for a panel discussion about "Fighting for Democracy in a Digital Age".

You can watch the video here!

Dean E. Robinson, political science, says white supremacists and other hate groups have gotten more visible under the administration of President Donald J. Trump. He also says social media has been used to rebrand an old version of the white supremacy movement. "Oftentimes, you'll see a surge in white nationalism during periods of widening economic inequality. Instead of blaming corporations for bad public policy, white nationalists and the alt-right will blame immigrants, blacks in the U.S. They will blame LGBT communities," he says. (Western Mass News, 8/14/17)

Professor Dean Robinson’s Public Policy Seminar in Health and Health Care Inequality in the United States Incorporates Perspectives from our Northern Neighbor

In late January twelve students from political science, biology, psychology, and other majors boarded a bus for Montreal, Quebec for a series of meetings and presentations on health and health care inequality in the Canadian context.

Jane Fountain, one of the world’s leaders in digital government research, was invited to participate in the 4th World Government Summit at the invitation of His Highness Lt General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior of the United Arab Emirates. 

Jesse Rhodes and Julia Azari are now back on line with biweekly casts feature discussion of presidential politics informed by political science and American history. Also includes interviews with experts on various aspects of presidential politics, including campaigns and elections, domestic politics, foreign policy and policymaking.


A Hand in Justice
How the public influences the Supreme Court
“The public does play a role in who sits on the Supreme Court and, through interest groups, the types of decisions they make.” –Paul M. Collins, Jr.

As part of PoliSci 297 with State Rep Aaron Vega, students took a day trip to the Massachusetts State House. This day trip was the culmination of their hard work in class and mirrored the experience they were studying about throughout the semester.

Political Science undergraduates attended the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Conference, hosted by The University of Massachusetts’s Student Government Association on Sunday, November 15th 2015. The event, which was organized by the SGA Women’s Caucus, had the theme of “The Power of We”.