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Judy Holmes, Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Program Director for Legal Studies, has been appointed Associate Director of the Writing Program for Junior Year Writing. 

As Associate Director, Professor Holmes review and approve new Junior Year Writing courses, conduct outreach to Junior Year Writing faculty to clarify course requirements and provide pedagogical support, and participate on the University Writing Committee.

“There is a cliché that you will not always remember what you learn while you were in college, but instead will remember the people you met,” says Daniel Halloran '13. After being selected to attend the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point this November, that cliché is more applicable than ever.

Amel Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has published Democracy and the Politics of Electoral System Choice (2012 Cambridge University Press). 

You have two more weeks to make your year-end, tax-deductible donation in support of Political Science and Legal Studies. With your support, we can continue to offer our undergraduate research engagement program, host career-networking events for our majors, and provide much-needed financial relief for our students.

You may have recently heard the name Derek Khanna in the news.

Peter Haas, Professor of Political Science, explained the "lessons learned from nonstate global environmental governance" at the Conference on Global Climate Change Policy Without the United States at Yale Law School November 9-10, 2012.

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.