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In Material Law, John Brigham focuses on the places where law and material life intersect, and how law creates and alters our social reality. Brigham looks at a variety of bodies and things-- from maps and territories and trends in courthouse architecture to a woman's womb and a judge body-- to make connections between the material and the legal.  Robert L. Tsai, author of Eloquence and Reason: Creating a First Amendment Culture has praised, "From one of our most astute observers of the law's many constitutive dimensions, Material Law is part biography, part theory.

Today's politicians and political groups devote great attention and care to how their messages are conveyed. From policy debates in Congress to advertising on the campaign trail, they carefully choose which issues to emphasize and how to discuss them in the hope of affecting the opinions and evaluations of their target audience. This groundbreaking text brings together prominent scholars from political science, communication, and psychology in a tightly focused analysis of both the origins and the real-world impact of framing.

UMass field hockey player was honored for overcoming great personal, academic, and emotional odds to achieve academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

The Online NewsHour recently spoke with an expert on the judicial system, the Political Science Departmen'ts own Sheldon Goldman, about the details of the confirmation process, notable confirmation hearings of the past and the role of the federal appeals court system. Sheldon Goldman has taught Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst since 1965 and has written numerous books and articles on the American judicial system, including "Picking Federal Judges."

NATIONAL CENTER FOR DIGITAL GOVERNMENT AND SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY INITIATIVE TO BUILD NATIONAL BETA SITE FOR ETHICS IN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Assistant Professor Stuart Shulman has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for support of his project entitled "Workshop: YouTube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States, April 3-4, 2009".

The spectacular recent success of state-funded preschool education is revealed and explained in this absorbing study. A quiet revolution has been underway in American education policy since 1995, with forty-one states and the District of Columbia creating some form of state-funded preschool learning. Brenda K. Bushouse tells why it became politically advantageous for state legislators to support universal access to preschool programs and how political and budgetary stability was achieved to spur this initiative.

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