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Tatishe M. Nteta, political science, says racial attitudes play a role in the debate over whether to pay elite college athletes.

Congratulations to Jamie Rowen who has been named a Center for Research on Families Scholar for 2017-18. CRF selected six scholars from among the colleges of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences and Nursing and the School of Public Health and Health Sciences. 

On March 8th, Dr. Jane Fountain delivered a keynote address at ICEGOV, an international conference on the theory and practice of electronic governance. 

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Paul Musgrave, says while conspiracy theories used to be confined to the fringes of national political discourse, they are now becoming mainstream thanks to President Donald J. Trump’s use of them. He says this could undermine the foundations of our democracy because people get used to believing what matches their ideas rather than thinking there is an objective truth. He also notes that both political parties are now using conspiracy theories.

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How prejudice by whites may keep black college sports stars from getting paid.


Tatishe Nteta's discusses racial resentment and the opposition to paying college athletes. 

Vice Sports article features work by Tatishe Nteta and Lauren McCarthy.

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We are delighted to congratulate our very own Peter Haas as the 2017-18 ISSR Scholar. Professor Haas plans to further his study on Global Sustainability Through Issue Coupling. He will pursue research and grant proposal writing on this topic.  

Professor Musgrave speaks of recent conspiracies live on CNN. Musgrave says President Trump is using conspiracy theories to synthesize political support for his administration.

Professor Musgrave featured in MassLive commenting on President Trump's Russian connections.

Professors Schaffner and Rhodes co-author How Wealthy Donors Drive Aggressive Foreign Policy. In the article, findings show that wealthy Americans and elite donors are more "favorably disposed" to American military force than the average Americans are.