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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 in a discussion about the current upheavals in the Arab world. 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

The World Economic Forum's Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government, a council chaired by political science professor Jane Fountain, released

Professor Charli Carpenter, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, along with several graduate and undergraduate political science students, published new report on agenda-setting in transnational advocacy groups.

Leah Wing and Ethan Katsh were invited participants at the United Nations Online Dispute Resolution Working Group May 23-27, 2011 in New York City. Their paper, "Creating a cross-border online dispute resolution data exchange system" explored the complexity of designing and implementing an electronic, international conflict resolution system.

When alumni reflect on their time at UMass Amherst, they often think of the life-long friendships forged in dormitories and classrooms, late night study sessions, challenging classes, and even our award-winning dining halls. Or, if they are like Steve Etkin (’81, Political Science), they think of favorite professors. 

Although Thanksgiving may seem far away, the UMass Amherst Mock Trial Team is already busy planning its annual Thanksgiving Classic Tournament -- And they need your help!

Political Science and Legal Studies alumni are invited to participate in the tournament as judges. Judges will assess the competitor's overall performance--including argument skills, presentation, and articulation--and help to determine winners for each round. Alums with all types of law backgrounds are encouraged to participate.

The UMass Political Science Department is pleased to announce the recipients of this year's honors thesis awards: Dan Schulke, for his thesis, "The Socialist Government is Coming for Grandma (AKA The Federal Government Mandates that Private Insurers Provide Reimbursement for End-of-Life Discussions)" and Peter Toy, for his thesis, "Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: A Threat to Saudi Arabian Oil and the United States' Economy." 

The Athletic Department announced that Samantha Schnoerr (’11 Legal Studies) of the women's rowing team was named the Spring Scholar-Athlete.She was honored at the annual Sports Luncheon in May. 

Schnoerr  was named the Atlantic 10 Rowing Student-Athlete of the Year on as well as the UMass Female Scholar Athlete. The 2011 A-10 All-Conference First Team member holds a 3.945 grade point average as a Legal Studies major, and was the recipient of the Shep Shepard Award, which recognizes academic excellence in Legal Studies as well as contributions to the community.