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Congratulations to Luz Maria Sanchez Duque who was awarded a Graduate School Fieldwork Grant for her dissertation work. These grants were very competitive, with only 34% of applications awarded funding. Congratulations Luz Maria on this important accomplishment!

 

While most college courses involve tests or papers, the final exam for students in a course on “The Politics of the End of the World” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College involved researching, recording and releasing a podcast that explored major changes in Massachusetts history. The students’ podcasts have been published online and are now available for download and steaming via Spotify, Stitcher and at https://finalexamination.podbean.com.

This past summer, Eunice Ko '19, political science and finance, interned abroad at the US Embassy in Seoul, Korea. Ko, a recipient of the Ansin Study Abroad Fellowship, had the opportunity to work directly with the U.S. Commercial Service, which is the trade promotion arm of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Currently, Ko is continuing her work abroad in Geneva, Switzerland, where she is interning with the International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development

Political Science Senior, Elena Valenzuela-Stookey wrote an Op-ed piece that was published in the New York Times Opinion Section on October 13. The article, titled "Hello! May I Assist You in Taking on a Lifetime of Debt?" focuses on student debt and is taken from the perspective of her summer student work with the University Helpline. 

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. 

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. 

Paul M. Collins, political science and director of legal studies, is interviewed about what questions are likely to be put to Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. (CNN, 9/3/18)

Collins also says that Brett Kavanaugh is avoiding answering questions during his confirmation hearings in a predictable pattern. Adding that it is odd that Kavanaugh hasn’t recused himself from any possible decisions about Trump’s assertion of executive power to issue pardons or to impede the special counsel’s investigation into the 2016 campaign. (Time, 9/6/18)

Adam Fauerbach with Marty Meehan

When Political Science Major Adam Fauerbach took on an internship as a sophomore at KGlobal, he didn't anticipate meeting his future mentor and launching a promising career in Washington D.C. Now, he is an Account Associate at a leading communications and public affairs firm. 

Political Science major wins 2nd prize in Foreign Policy Association’s student essay competition

Clara Silverstein, a political science major, has been awarded 2nd prize in the Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) 2018 Student Essay and Video competition. Students from all around the country were invited by the FPA to submit an essay or video on the topic: “What is America’s biggest challenge in the world?”

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