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Paul Musgrave, political science, is co-author of an op-ed about President Donald J. Trump’s recent announcement that he can end birthright citizenship by executive order, a view that is opposed as illegal by almost all legal scholars. 

New research conducted by Elizabeth A. Sharrow, Jesse H. Rhodes, Tatishe M. Nteta, political science, and Jill Greenlee, from Brandeis University, finds that fathers whose first child is a daughter are more likely than fathers whose first child is a son to support female political candidates. 

George Sulzner, a longtime faculty member in the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science, passed away on October 28. Sulzner served in the department for four decades before retiring in 2006. During this period, he served as department chair, as well as in many other important roles. Sulzner also taught a wide range of courses in American government and politics, public administration, and Canadian government. He was the author of several books and numerous articles on American Politics, Massachusetts Politics, Canadian Politics, Public Administration, and Civil Service Labor Relations.

Paul M. Collins, Jr., political science and director of legal studies, comments in a news story about referendum questions on the state ballot. He says Questions 1 and 3 are written in a confusing manner. Collins says Question 3, where a “yes” vote would uphold a 2016 law that prevents gender identity-based discrimination in public accommodations, and a “no” vote seeks to repeal that law is an example of unclear language for ballot questions.

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, comments in news stories about President Donald J. Trump’s assertion that he can end birthright citizenship with an executive order. Like most legal scholars, Hamlin is skeptical of the plan. The 14th Amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States.

Professor Carpenter's expertise is published in a WalletHub article titled "2018’s States with the Most and Least Powerful Voters for the Midterms" by  Adam McCann, Financial Writer.

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says Jay Gonzalez, Democratic candidate for governor, is having a predictable difficult time criticizing Republican Gov. Charlie Baker for not raising taxes enough. 

George Goodwin, a former member of the Political Science faculty and long-time Amherst resident died at the age of 97. Goodwin had an extremely prominent career: he served as a member of the UMass Amherst faculty, was a major architect of the development of UMass
Boston, and served in a wide array of civic organizations.

Political Science Professor Peter M. Haas delivered the keynote address to the attendees of the thirty-second Annual Congress of the Mexican Association of International Studies (AMEI) on Thursday, October 19. 

Rebecca E. Hamlin, political science, comments in a story about the Trump administration’s efforts to reduce illegal immigration by threatening other counties with funding cutoffs and issuing warnings to migrants they will be treated harshly if they enter the country illegally.