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Recent research from Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes, political science, on the number of Obama’s voters from 2012 who switched to the Republican side in 2016 is cited in an article about the Democratic party’s platform priorities. (Vox, 5/30/18)

Paul Musgrave, political science, is quoted in a news article examining the new tariffs on steel and aluminum put in place by the Trump administration that went into effect May 31.

Senior Celebration

The Senior Celebration on May 2, 2018 was a great success, with students and faculty from the Political Science and Legal Studies programs converging on the ILC lawn for food, music, and to celebrate their hard work and achievements throughout their undergraduate careers!

On May 2, 2018, Legal Studies faculty and students gathered at the UMass University Club to honor this year’s Legal Studies scholarship winners. The ceremony started with a welcome from Paul Collins, Director of the Program in Legal Studies and Professor of Legal Studies, followed by recognition from the Legal Studies faculty of the outstanding scholarship of this year’s undergraduate scholarship winners.

Political Science held its annual scholarship lunch on May 1, 2018 in the UMass Campus Center’s Amherst Room. Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Jane Fountain, and Undergraduate Program Director and Professor of Political Science, Jesse Rhodes, offered remarks and congratulated winners on their impressive achievements.

Political Science scholarship winners are:

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the Trump administration’s emphasis on fast-tracking appellate judicial nominations is not surprising because that’s where “much of the Trump agenda will ultimately rise or fall.” 

Graduate student Zack Albert has received a 2018 Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grant in support of his dissertation project entitled, "Policy Ideas and Advocacy in the Extended Party Network."

“Order at the Bazaar: Power and Trade in Central Asia” by Regine Spector, political science, is reviewed.

Graduate student Ben Nolan has been selected as 2018-2019 W.E.B. Du Bois Graduate Fellow. The fellowship provides students with a generous stipend as well as access to the university's Special Collections on Dubois to help fellows further their research on the major themes that characterize Du Bois’ scholarship and activism.

Crystal Paul, the Political Science Department Director of Administration and Research, was named the recipient of the 2018 SBS Outstanding Staff Award for professional staff. During her three years in the Department, Crystal Paul has worked with the Chair to oversee the department's overall management.