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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. 

Dean E. Robinson, associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been named the Terrence Murray Commonwealth Honors College Professor. The two-year award was approved by the UMass Board of Trustees on June 15.

A special August 2016 issue of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly celebrates the legacy of the late Indiana University scholar Elinor Ostrom and applies her insights and theories to new research in the area of nonprofit organizations and voluntary action.  

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Professor Jamal Greene, Dwight Professor of Law at Columbia Law School will present the 2016 Dean Alfange, Jr. distinguished lecture on American constitutionalism. Professor Greene is a leading expert in the fields of constitutional law, theories of constitutional interpretation, federal courts, and citizenship.

UMass political science graduate student Ivelisse Cuevas-Molina was recently named a 2016-2017 Latino Scholarship Fund Recipient. She will use the award to fund a trip to the 2016 APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

The Southeast Asian Council (SEAC) of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) has awarded Khora Phuaphansawat with the annual Pattana Kitiarsa prize for a graduate student that has written the best conference paper on Southeast Asia.

Mia Costa has received the 2016 John Sprague Award for her paper "Sharing Constituencies: Polarization and Representation in the Extended Party Network", which was presented at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the Midwest Political Science Association.