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An article about Vice President Joe Biden’s entry into the 2020 race for U.S. president quotes Paul Musgrave, political science, who says that Biden represents a mainstream centrist view on U.S. foreign policy.

Over the last several years, local newspapers across the U.S. have shuttered, leaving their communities with limited access to information about what’s going on in their hometowns. In tandem with this media consolidation, Americans are becoming more politically polarized. Carolee McGrath sat down with Scott Blinder, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, to find more about these trends.  

Lauren McCarthy receives the Aleksanteri Visiting Fellowships 2019-2020 for a six week program at the University of Helsinki. 

Paul Musgrave, political science comments about Bernie Sanders's foreign policy in VOX. “This really is a departure from traditional foreign policy statements to acknowledge that the troubles with the world political and economic order predate Trump and are far more structural.” 

Congratulations to Ben Nolan PhD student at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst for being awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ben Nolan was one of seventy provisional awardees, selected from a total of 956 submitted applications from graduate students at 100 universities.

Congratulations to Adam Dahl, who recently received a TIDE (Teaching for Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equity) Faculty Fellowship from the Institute for Teaching Excellence and Faculty Development!

Congratulations to Angelica Bernal, who recently received an SBS Research Grant from the Dean's Research Council!


Congratulations to Libby Sharrow, who was recently awarded a Mutual Mentoring Micro Grant from the Center for Teaching Effectiveness and Faculty Development (TEFD)! The Mutual Mentoring program supports faculty in developing robust professional networks that include a variety of mentoring partners within and outside the UMass Amherst campus, and at a wide variety of career stages.


By Paul Musgrave - March 28

The conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his investigation of President Trump last weekend came as an anticlimax. Attorney General William P. Barr’s summary makes plain that while the report does not conclude that the president committed crimes, it does not exonerate him, either. Yet after month upon month of anticipation, the investigation had become so freighted that the non-release of a non-exoneration led the New York Times to headline its analysis, “A Cloud Over Trump’s Presidency Is Lifted,” while The Washington Post reported that Hill Democrats were giving up on impeachment for now. 

Congratulations to Usmaan Farooqui for being awarded the highly competitive Mellon/American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation, "Precarious Pipes: Governance, Informality and the Politics of Access in Karachi."