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Musgrave has been named a 2019-20 Spotlight Scholar for his work exploring the ramifications of partisanship and its impact on both domestic and foreign policymaking. Read more.

There is additional coverage of comments by Paul M. Collins Jr., political science and director of legal studies, in an AP article previewing how Chief Justice John Roberts might preside over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Numerous Political Science faculty have been recognized as finalists for the Distinguished Teaching Award, one of the university's highest teaching honors.

Amel Ahmed is quoted in an article about legal challenges to Electoral College processes, specifically questioning whether individual electors can vote their conscience rather than for the winner of their state’s popular vote. Ahmed says changing the current system without a constitutional amendment is, in principle, problematic because the Electoral College is written into the Constitution.

Rebecca E. Hamlin says among the factors that are influencing immigration from Central America is climate change and how it is affecting the regional economy. She says political change and increasing violence also have an effect on why people choose to try to come to the U.S.

Before UMass Amherst Department of Political Science alum Todd Newhouse '81 took on organized crime families in Boston, he was an undergrad at UMass. He recently told us and a group of SBS students about the professional development skills he learned as a political science major, how he came to love the law, and his favorite mob movies.

The NCAA is clearing the way to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images, and likenesses following law enacted in California affording athletes those same rights. Lauren A. McCarthy, associate professor of political science and legal studies, and Tatishe M. Nteta, associate professor of political science, published a data-driven article in the Washington Post exploring white racial attitudes, perceptions of college athletes, and support for college athletes earning a profit.

Ray La Raja and Jonathan Rauch write that the American political nominating process has become “bizarre,” ceding too much power to primary voters. They say no other major democracy routinely uses primaries to choose its political candidates and the founders of the United States never intended for primaries to play a role in the country’s electoral system.

Professor Raymond J. La Raja, is interviewed on the local public affairs program Connecting Point about the pros and cons of changing the political campaign finance system to allow matching small contributions with public funds. He says some places have such an arrangement, but it isn’t clear that this will work everywhere. (WGBY-TV 57)


The International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) held its inaugural board meeting this week in Williamsburg, VA alongside the international Online Dispute Resolution Forum 2019. Legal Studies faculty member, Leah Wing (pictured), and Legal Studies Emeritus Distinguished faculty member, Ethan Katsh (pictured) serve on the founding board of ICODR.