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Alasdair Roberts has been named the new Director of the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy (SPP). The announcement was made by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, John A. Hird, on March 27. Roberts will officially step into the role on September 1, 2017 and will also join the faculty of the Political Science Department

Paul Collins discusses what effects changing the rules on how U.S. Supreme Court justices are approved by the Senate will have in terms of compromise in U.S. News & World Report.

Professor La Raja is mentioned on KCUR 89.3 commenting on how officials use nonprofits. 

The second annual Interdisciplinary Political Studies Conference was held this past weekend with guest speaker Professor Venura Perez. The topic this year was Violent Times, Violent Spaces. The conference was featured in the Daily Collegian.

Professor Nteta co-authored a new study that shows racial prejudice on the debate over whether to pay college athletes. Nteta says racial attitudes play a role in the debate on NPR

Collins is featured in Roll Call  commenting on Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley's comments during the Gorsuch hearing.

Professor Collins answers questions about “dark money” spent on Gorsuch's behalf on the radio program Background Briefing with Ian Masters.

Collins give an intriguing argument in The Washington Post reflecting on contested positives and negatives of a possible 18-year Supreme Court justice term.

Professor Collins is a guest on WBUR this week, recapping Neil Gorsuch's Supreme Court confirmation hearings. 

Professor Collins speculates questions that the Senate Judiciary Committee might ask Gorsuch on 22 News: "I think you will see questions by senators about President Trump’s attacks on judges, and how Judge Gorsuch feels about that. I think you will have some questions about the immigration ban that is currently being considered."

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