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Assistant Professor Amel Ahmed was a featured guest on WGBY's Connecting Point television show on January 22, 2013. The episode explored the current state of Egypt after passage of that country's new Constitution.

Amhed, who recently returned from Egypt, reports that the country was relatively and surprisingly calm immediately following the passage of the new constitution. This quietness was unexpected given the contentious discussions surrounding the Constitution prior to the vote. 

“My research focuses on the politics of ethnic and racial diversity in Europe,” says Rahsaan Maxwell, assistant professor of political science, who is among the first group of Social Science Research Scholars affiliated with the Institute for Social Science Research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. “As an African-American who grew up in New York City, I’ve been thinking about the complexities of diversity for as long as I can remember.

After bringing over 63 Pakistani students to the UMass Amherst campus for the past three summers as participants of the Pakistani Young Leaders program, political science professor Mike Hannahan traveled to Islamabad in January, where he oversaw a reunion of that program’s alumni, before embarking on a speaking tour of the country—a trip which coincided with President Obama’s second term inauguration and provided ample opportunity to discuss the U.S. government’s policies and practices. 

Sonia E. Alvarez, Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at UMass Amherst, has received a Fulbright Lecturer/Research Award to support her research on feminism in Brazil.

Peter Haas, Professor of Political Science, and Casey Stevens, PhD candidate in Political Science, presented their research at the Earth Systems Governance Conference in Tokyo, Japan January 28-31, 2013.  

Steve Darcy ’14 spent part of his winter break as a senatorial delegate to the Inaugural College Youth in Government National Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Delegates to the assembly spent a week serving on model House of Representatives, Senates, Supreme Courts, and Federal Cabinets in order to better learn the ins and outs of government and leadership.

Jane Fountain, professor of Political Science and Public Policy and director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG), gave the keynote address last month at the Turkish National Assembly as part of the national awards ceremony to honor recipients of the “eTurkey Awards” for outstanding e-Government innovations and practices.

Since September, ten Political Science and Legal Studies majors have been working as research fellows through the Department’s Undergraduate Research Engagement Program (UREP).

The program, now in its third year, partners majors with faculty for one-on-one experience conducting research. It allows students to interact with faculty outside of the classroom, develop closer relationships with their professors, and learn skills important for graduate school and the workforce.

“UMass Amherst is a very special place for me,” says Judge William C. Ramsey ’97, “I was able to grow academically and personally at UMass, and I look back at my college experience with tremendous happiness.”