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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 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.

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. 

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.

PhD student Alper Yagci has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the Regulation of Genetically Modified Seeds in Developing Countries.

PhD alum Kemi George '11 has just received the 2012 Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's Science, Technology and Environmental Politics section. The award recognizes the best dissertation in science, technology, and environmental politics finished within the past two years. 

The Department of Political Science has launched a new scholarship campaign in honor of newly-named Distinguished Professor Sheldon Goldman. The scholarship recognizes Professor Goldman's nearly fifty years of teaching and service to the University, as well as his long-standing personal committment to help undergraduate students. 

The most critical skill developed abroad is the ability to adapt, says Brent Ramsey ’13, a political science major who spent his Spring 2012 semester at the University of Torino in Italy. Indeed, being flexible with new cultures, learning environments, political settings, and languages opens doors to new experiences; living away from family and friends in an unfamiliar environment forces students to act, to become problem-solvers, and to appreciate the differences and similarities between the US and the new culture in which they find themselves. “After immersing myself in an entirely new environment for a semester, I now feel like I can live and work anywhere and for however long as I want or need to,” Ramsey says.

The Department of Political Science is defined by first-rate research, exceptional teaching, and steadfast service to our local, regional, national, and international communities. With 36 full-time faculty, 459 undergraduate legal studies majors, 772 undergraduate political science majors, 70 Ph.D. students, and more than 11,000 alumni, our reach is vast and our accomplishments many.