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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

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.

On November 1st to 4th, Professor Peter Haas participated in the creation of the UN's Global Environment Outlook 5, a periodic report that details the global state of the enviroment.  Started in 1995 in an effort to document environmental issues, these reports are created by various groups and prestigious experts in enviromental policy. Professor Haas has a sustained interest in international relations, especially as they relate to enviromental politics and controversies.


To see the UN's GEO's website, please see this page.

“The events of 9/11 were a formative experience for my generation,” says Melinda R. Tarsi, a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Since 9/11, Tarsi has watched many friends enter and serve in the military. Once their terms were up, Tarsi also watched these same friends leave the military and start to utilize many of the benefits designed to support veterans. “I quickly became interested in what appeared to be a parallel welfare state,” Tarsi reflects.