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Angelica Bernal, assistant professor of political science, has received a Faculty Research/Healey Endowment grant for her work on radical populism and presidential constitutionalism in Latin America. 

For Mark A. Papirio '81, “UMass’ Legal Studies Program boasts some of the best legal minds anywhere.” The faculty, he says, “helped keep me on the straight and narrow path at school…. Peter d’Errico [professor emeritus of legal studies] went out of his way both to help me secure an internship and to put my best foot forward in applying to law school.”

Rahsaan Maxwell, assistant professor of political science, has received a Faculty Reseach Grant to conduct a survey of racial and ethnic minorities in contemporary Britain -- a location which experienced an unprecedented increase in racial and ethnic minority migrants after WWII --  in order to assess the factors which lead minorities to identify with the nation and their particular racial or ethnic group. 

“I was always told by my parents and teachers that I was a good public speaker,” says Janet (Rubinstein) Keller ’91, “and I usually liked getting up in front of people and giving my point of view.” This knack for public speaking has formed the basis for Keller’s career as senior counsel in the Office of the Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department, where she was recently recognized—for the second time—with a Division Chief Award for superior legal accomplishments.

Stuart Shulman, Assisant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass, is part of a $395,458 grant from the National Science Foundation to "[Use] Computer and Information Science to Understand Organizational Engagement."

The research project, which is led by Holly Brasher, associate professor of government at the University of Alabama Birmingham, seeks to integrate computer, information, and social sciences to "develop a model of organization influence on legislative outcomes." 

After graduating from UMass Amherst, Philip McNamara ’97, joined the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the assistant to the director of party affairs and delegate selection. “It was my first ‘professional’ job,” reflects McNamara. “I was 23 and figured I would stay there for a year or two.” After the first year, however, McNamara became the deputy director of party affairs and delegate selection, and, in 2002, the director. His temporary job effectively became an 11 year career.

Stuart Shulman, assistant professor of political science and founder and director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass Amherst, was an invited speaker at University of Haifa in Israel. His presentation, "Coding the Twittersphere," explored how and why posts on micro-blogging forums such as Twitter should be gathered, filtered, searched, and analyzed.

A political poll conducted by the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that Elizabeth Warren, the leading Democrat in the field of challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, is running even or perhaps ahead of Brown in a potential matchup next fall.


Read the complete press release at UMass iSurvey's website.

Daniel Glaun ’12 (Political Science) and Nicholas Shamey ’13 (Political Science) were selected to represent the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Department of Political Science at the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point in November 2011.

Jillian Schwedler, associate professor of political science, was a featured "blogging head" with Hisham Bustani, a reporter at Jadaliyya, on a special edition of on the Arab Spring.