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Did you know that Lewis Mainzer, professor emeritus of the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science and a good friend of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst, is also a poet? Check out his latest collection, which includes poems about Amherst poet Emily Dickinson, from Levellers Press.
The Jones Library just published a short interview with Emeritus Professor Lewis Mainzer and his "second career" as a poet!


Are conspiracy theories now mainstream? A CNN interview with Professor Musgrave from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Rob Brotherton, author of "Suspicious Minds" join to discuss.

Paul Musgrave, political science, co-authors a piece examining the use of American troops as a “tripwire force” in South Korea, and how a reduction in their numbers may impact public opinion regarding U.S. intervention in the region in the event of a crisis. (Washington Post, 6/8/18)

Recent research from Brian Schaffner and Jesse Rhodes, political science, on the number of Obama’s voters from 2012 who switched to the Republican side in 2016 is cited in an article about the Democratic party’s platform priorities. (Vox, 5/30/18)

Paul Musgrave, political science, is quoted in a news article examining the new tariffs on steel and aluminum put in place by the Trump administration that went into effect May 31.

Senior Celebration

The Senior Celebration on May 2, 2018 was a great success, with students and faculty from the Political Science and Legal Studies programs converging on the ILC lawn for food, music, and to celebrate their hard work and achievements throughout their undergraduate careers!

On May 2, 2018, Legal Studies faculty and students gathered at the UMass University Club to honor this year’s Legal Studies scholarship winners. The ceremony started with a welcome from Paul Collins, Director of the Program in Legal Studies and Professor of Legal Studies, followed by recognition from the Legal Studies faculty of the outstanding scholarship of this year’s undergraduate scholarship winners.

Political Science held its annual scholarship lunch on May 1, 2018 in the UMass Campus Center’s Amherst Room. Department Chair and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Jane Fountain, and Undergraduate Program Director and Professor of Political Science, Jesse Rhodes, offered remarks and congratulated winners on their impressive achievements.

Political Science scholarship winners are:

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the Trump administration’s emphasis on fast-tracking appellate judicial nominations is not surprising because that’s where “much of the Trump agenda will ultimately rise or fall.” 

Graduate student Zack Albert has received a 2018 Dirksen Center Congressional Research Grant in support of his dissertation project entitled, "Policy Ideas and Advocacy in the Extended Party Network."