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Workshops and Speaker Series

The Department maintains an active set of speakers series that feature scholars from all sub-fields and related fields. We are also part of Five College consortium that expands the range of intellectual activities through speakers and events at Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke and Smith colleges. And we annually host the University's Constitution Day speaker with our distinguished Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism.

Approaches and Methods. This workshop celebrates the UMass Polisci's culture of methodological pluralism and showcases the array of methodological breadth among faculty in this department: ethnography, network analysis, surveys, experiments, archival work, qualitative case studies, quantitative and qualitative text analysis, interpretive approaches, and many others. Come join us for rich intellectual conversations about how we know things! Contact: Charli Carpenter.

Conflict, Violence and Security. The "Conflict, Violence and Security" research workshop considers paper in the areas of conflict, conflict processes, and resolution, violence (and efforts to counter it, including non-violent approaches to social and political change), and security - broadly defined to include the range of local and global approaches to individual and state security. Papers are circulated in advance and those who attend read and discuss. We also bring in the occasional outside speaker. Contact: Meredith Loken or Jamie Rowen.

Please visit our calendar to stay up to date on all our events.