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If you are one of the hundreds of UMass students who attempted to get tickets to this year’s Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren Senate Debate in Springfield, you know first-hand how fast tickets sell out, and how in-demand seats are for such political events. 

Now imagine you were competing for a seat with the entire US population at one of the presidential debates. The odds of snagging a ticket seem infinitely less likely, don’t they?

However, Aaron Wecker ’12 (Political Science) was able to do just that. And for him, it is all a part of networking.

Seven Political Science and Legal Studies majors have been selected to receive the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences annual Study Abroad Scholarship Awards. These awards will allow these students to spend the Spring 2013 semester abroad in South Africa, Chile, Scotland, Argentina, Czech Republic, Switzerland, and Italy!

Congratulations to the following students:

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. The National Academy was chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice and serves as an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. 

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Poll’s exit poll from today’s Massachusetts election shows that the gender gap helped propel Elizabeth Warren to victory in a competitive race against incumbent Senator Scott Brown. The poll shows that women voters preferred Warren to Brown by a margin of 20%, while men split evenly between the two candidates. Brown was also faced with an electorate that looked much different than the one that elected him to office in 2010.

Lori Chau (Political Science) and Christine Howe (Legal Studies) are among fifteen University of Massachusetts Amherst students studying abroad this fall with Gilman Scholarships in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

These results place UMass Amherst fourth in the U.S. behind the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State and University of California, Santa Barbara.

Political Science Professor Peter Haas was one of five experts invited to introduce the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Environmental Outlook 5 (GEO 5) Report to representatives from international organizations, government, and academia at a workshop September 21, 2012. The workshop, "Designing Global Governance for Sustainability," was organized by the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston.

“An internship is the most important component of your undergraduate education,” says Patrick Nigro ’13.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to welcome two new assistant professors to our faculty: Regine A. Spector and Kevin L. Young! Professors Spector and Young both joined the department on September 1. 

The students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mock Trial team would be honored to have you judge our third annual Thanksgiving Classic at the Isenberg School of Management this November 16th, 17th and 18th.

Political Science Professor John Brigham gave an invited lecture at Union College as part of that college's Constitution Day celebration on September 17. 

Brigham's lecture, "The Pritchett Synthesis: Recovering the Law and the Politics of Judging," explored C. Herman Pritchett's view of politics and law and argued that Pritchett's scholarship should be reconsidered in light of today's approaches to constitutionalism. The research was based on Brigham's recent article in Studies in Law, Politics and Society.

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