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Jane Fountain, distinguished professor of public policy and political science, has been invited by the League of Arab States to join an advisory group on the development of a digital economy in Arab nations.

Paul M. Collins, political science and director of legal studies, is co-author of an essay in The Conversation on how during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices, interruptions by senators and the nominees have increased since the 1980s. 

Sheldon Goldman, political science, says the partisan sentiments expressed by Judge Brett Kavanaugh during a recent hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was a direct appeal to the party of Donald J. Trump.

We are pleased to announce that Basileus Zeno has been awarded the Best Graduate Student Paper in Religion and International Relations Award from the International Studies Association. 

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, comments in a story about Paul Caccaviello, who will be running as a write-in candidate for district attorney in Berkshire County this November. 

La Raja also says Democratic U.S. Sen Elizabeth Warren appears to see an opportunity to seriously consider a run for the White House. Last weekend Warren told a political gathering in Holyoke that she would “take a hard look” at running for president. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a story about how the FX television series “The Americans” offers a look into the mind of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The series portrays Cold War spies doing tasks similar to what Putin did as a young KGB officer in East Germany. 

New research done by Tatishe M. Nteta, Jesse H. Rhodes, and Elizabeth A. Sharrow, political science, with Jill Greenlee of Brandeis University, finds that men whose first child is a daughter tend to have more progressive views on gender policy issues than men whose first child is a boy. 

University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate Pat Malone, won the Democratic primary for state representative in the 8th Worcester District on Sept. 4, 2018. On Tuesday, Malone came a step closer to fulfilling those plans when he won the Democratic nomination in a two-way race in the 8th Worcester District, which includes the Worcester County towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge. The seat has been held since 2010 by Republican Kevin Kuros, who did not seek re-election this year.

Raymond J. La Raja, political science, says one reason for the high voter turnout in last week’s primary elections is that liberal voters in the region are being energized by President Donald J. Trump.

Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor in political science, says Democratic U.S. Sen. Diane Feinstein has traditionally been collegial and bipartisan, and that doesn't sit well with some other Democrats who want her to be much more aggressive with Brett Kavanaugh.

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