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A number of these students are selected each semester through a competitive nomination process to receive the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher award in recognition of their scholarly achievements and their related impact on their chosen fields.

Last September the Belfast-based Legacy Gender Integration Group produced Gender Principles for Dealing with the Past. This innovative document was the first of its kind to be produced and was well received by all parties in the run into the intensive negotiations on dealing with the past last November. 

The annual Feminist Theory Workshop offers a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry. The “workshop” approach of this conference requires active participation of both presenters and attendees. This year one of the keynote speakers was Professor Sonia Alvarez.

Today’s political and policy challenges – like veteran homelessness, sustainable communities, federal permitting and review, cybersecurity – demand greater cross-boundary capacity, that is, the ability of government to use cross-agency collaboration, partnerships and a range of enterprise approaches to solve problems.  

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!

Kira Tait, a graduate student in the department of political science, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct her dissertation field research in South Africa. The Fulbright program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.

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.