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Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy and the Department of Political Science, is among a small group of global experts invited to publish an article in the inaugural issue of the Dubai Policy Review Journal, titled: "The Wicked Nature of Digital Transformation."

Ray La Raja, political science, says that more women could be running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 because activist groups and party leaders are pushing them to run and these groups and leaders don’t see women as much of a liability if they can distinguish themselves from the poorly-run Clinton campaign of 2016.

Last fall, Legal Studies professor, Jamie Rowen, was awarded a $500,000, 5-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research and write a book about veterans in the criminal justice system. Funding was to begin in early February, but since the shutdown, Rowen's and others' grants have not been processed on schedule, resulting in a major delay in her work schedule. 

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Director of Legal Studies, was appointed to the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry. Collins also published, along with Christina L. Boyd and Lori A. Ringhand, an article in Law & Society Review titled: "The Role of Nominee Gender and Race at U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings".

Congratulation to Peter Haas who was recognized as one of the "Political Science 400" most influential scholars in the discipline. See the analysis, which was recently published in PS.

LaRaja, Rhodes and Schaffner's opinions quoted in the New York Times. Raymond La Raja and Brian Schaffner, political scientists at the University of Massachusetts and Tufts, in their 2015 book, “Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail,” argue that legislative inaction inherently benefits the affluent and hurts the less advantaged. Jesse Rhodes, questioned whether Democratic donors support the goal of reducing economic inequality.

Tatishe M. Nteta, political science is part of a panel discussion about how society and politics are likely to change when whites become a minority of the U.S. population in the coming decades.

Alexandria Nylen, Ph.D student in Political Science is the lead author on a paper that was just accepted at European Journal of International Security. The paper, "Questions of Life or Death? De-Constructing Human Rights Norms in Public Opinion Polls" demonstrates that the discursive structure of public opinion polls on national security issues is biased in favor of human rights violators rather than human rights defenders. 

Paul Musgrave, political science, is interviewed in a news story about people who have deactivated their Facebook accounts. He says he made the move at the beginning of this year because he became perturbed by the misinformation that was spreading on the site during the 2016 election and the revelations about the site’s relationship to Cambridge Analytica. 


Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor in political science, is interviewed in a national Argentinian newspaper about the controversy that erupted during the U.S. Senate confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, who was eventually elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court.