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Paul Musgrave, assistant professor in the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst is featured in the newest issue of International Studies Review for his article entitled "Asymmetry, Hierarchy and the Ecclesiastes Trap" and quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education about political bias in grading.

Professor Peter Haas from the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst has recently published an article titled: "Complex Systems and International Governance" in the International Studies Review Forum.

Meredith Loken, assistant professor at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst has recently published two articles.

Jamie Rowen, political science, has been selected for one of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) most prestigious awards — the CAREER Award, the highest recognition NSF gives to early-career faculty.

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.