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Donna Dove first came to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1985 as the Department of Political Science undergraduate secretary. Soon after, she became the graduate program manager, working to support the Political Science masters and PhD programs and the Master of Public Administration program. This past spring, Donna received a 25 year award for her service to Political Science and the University. While several UMass employees reach this milestone each year, it is rare for a staff member to serve all 25 years in the same department.

Associate Professor and Interim Department Chair Frederic Schaffer was recently profiled by the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). 

“I have thrived since joining the political science department in 2008,” he says. “I really value the emerging cross-field and interdisciplinary orientation of our department. It provides an uncommonly supportive and intellectually stimulating environment. The opportunities available to me here simply do not exist at most other institutions.”

Students, alumni and friends are invited to join the Department and the College of Social and Behavioral Science on November 5, 2011 as we honor Professor Emeritus Edwin Gere.  Prof. Gere will be presented with citations from state and federal legislators to recognize his outstanding service during the Berlin Airlift in World War II. 

The event will take place during Homecoming Weekend, November 5, in the Massachusetts Room in the Mullins Center on campus. Please check the events calendar for specific details.

Ashley Messenger ’91 has a passion for the First Amendment. As a student, Messenger studied the constitution and engaged in general discussions about American politics, but not until she began working as a lawyer did she realize how “fun” the First Amendment can be.

Sean Quinn '12 has been selected as a 2011 recipient of a Arthur R. Lambert Scholarship. Quinn, who is spending the summer interning in the office of Therese Murray, President of the MA Senate, competed against 500 legislative interns for this prestigious award.

The $1,000 scholarship and award is given annually each summer to recognize students with strong working knowledge of state government and who have high moral values. 

“People cannot fathom how much of a mental game boxing is,” says Josue “Josh” Lopez ’13 (legal studies and political science), captain of the UMass Amherst Boxing Team and president of the UMass Amherst Boxing Club. “It is not like the movies where it is glorious and you always win so long as you have that two-minute training scene with ‘Eye of the Tiger’ playing in the background. …The pressure of engaging in one-on-one battle, where one man gets his hand raised, where there is no second place, only one winner and one loser [is indescribable].”

The Department of Political Science has released its 2010-2011 Annual Report. The report highlights some of the key honors, awards, and achievements of the department's faculty and students over the past academic year and recognizes donors who have made so many of the department's activities possible.

Read the complete report here.

Peter Haas, Professor of Political Science, has been selected as a Fellow in the Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts (ISHA) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 2011-2012. The fellowship is within the ISHA Seminar on Transformations, an interdisciplinary intellectual community which explores how the concepts and experience of politics, society, culture, and science have changed over time. The group asks,

Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor of Political Science, and author of Faith in Moderation: Islamist parties in Jordan and Yemen, was featured on Bloggingheads.tv in a discussion about the current upheavals in the Arab world. Bloggingheads.tv is an online forum featuring informal “diavlogs" -- or video blogs --  between two experts connecting over their personal webcams.

Political Science Professor Peter Haas gave a plenary lecture on "conceptualizing and problematizing" the role of experts at the "Irrelevant, Advisors or Decision-Makers? The Role of ‘Experts’ in International Decision-Making” research seminar at the Erasmus School of Law, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on June 24th-25th, 2011. 

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