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Professor Collins is a guest on WBUR this week, recapping Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 

Professor Collins speculates questions that the Senate Judiciary Committee might ask Gorsuch on 22 News: "I think you will see questions by senators about President Trump’s attacks on judges, and how Judge Gorsuch feels about that. I think you will have some questions about the immigration ban that is currently being considered."

Professor La Raja comments on state lawmakers's slow start in the Boston Globe. La Raja seems to have an optimistic view on why lawmakers may be delaying bills. 

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. 

Link to MSNBC video

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.

Link to article

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.

Link to Vice Sports Article

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.