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Students interested in a legal career are often warned that lawyers have an overwhelming workload that results in long hours and high stress. Legal Studies alumna Stefanie Krantz (’89), however, is proof that one can have a satisfying and successful legal career as well as a healthy lifestyle.

As a disability rights attorney and owner of KrantzWellness, a health coaching and Reiki business, Krantz has been able to answer the demands of her career and avoid the stressful, unhealthy lifestyle associated with it.

Are you looking to connect with an alum? Students can use the map below to identify alums who are willing to share their time and expertise with current students. 

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As a State Representative, Aaron Vega (MA 5th Hampden District) is always up for a challenge. And he is always looking for ways to connect with his larger Western Massachusetts community.

This fall, Rep. Vega has combined both goals by teaching a course in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Massachusetts Legislature” explores the life of a legislator, from the campaign trail to the State House.

Professor Emeritus Jerome M. Mileur has combined his two passions, political science and baseball, in a new book The Stars are Back: The St. Louis Cardinals, the Boston Red Sox, and Player Unrest in 1946.

The book explores Major League Baseball after the war -- examining, as the title suggests, what happened when the stars came "back" to the game after the war and their military service ended. 

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the National Center for Digital Government, has released a report "Examining Constraints To, and Providing Tools For, Cross-Agency Collaboration" through the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), a public-private partnership whose goal is to make government work more effi

The Department of Political Science, in conjunction with Five College, Inc., is hosting former United Nations policy advisor Mukul Sanwal for the Fall 2013 semester.

Mr. Sanwal is a leading expert on climate change and sustainability and has a long and distinguished career serving the Indian ministry and the United Nations.

"Hard work, dedication, discipline, and acknowledging that efforts will most likely lead to results are skills and traits that every student-athlete will have when they graduate,” says Edward Saint-Vil ‘14 (political science and economics), safety/linebacker hybrid for the UMass Amherst Football Team.

It is one thing to sit in a classroom and read about indigenous issues, and it is another entirely to engage with policymakers working to address those issues on a daily basis. POLISCI 397, Indigenous Rights and Movements in Latin America, offers students the opportunity to do both.

The Political Networks Section of the American Political Science Association recently recognized Bruce Desmarais with a "2013 Best Conference Paper in Political Networks" prize for his article "Inferring Policy Diffusion Networks in the American States" (co-authored with Jeffrey J. Harden and Frederick J. Boehmke).

The front page of the Sunday (9/1/2013) Boston Globe features a story on a survey of Boston area residents conducted as a partnership between UMass Poll and the Globe. The UMass Poll was founded by Professor Brian Schaffner and is directed by him and Associate Directors La Raja, Barakso, and Nteta. Both Schaffner and La Raja were quoted in the Globe's feature story