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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!


Congratulations to Ben Nolan PhD student at the Department of Political Science UMass Amherst for being awarded the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ben Nolan was one of seventy provisional awardees, selected from a total of 956 submitted applications from graduate students at 100 universities.

Congratulations to Usmaan Farooqui for being awarded the highly competitive Mellon/American Council for Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellowship for his dissertation, "Precarious Pipes: Governance, Informality and the Politics of Access in Karachi."

Michael Stein, Ph.D student and Director of Corporate and Foundation at UMass Amherst recently had a journal article published in the South Atlantic Quarterly entitled "The Authoritarian Personality and the Limits of American Social Science". 

Robert R. Darrow, a doctoral student in political science, comments in a news story about anti-wind farm activists in Europe and why the developing wind energy sector the U.S. could begin to see similar opposition. 

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)

Basileus Zeno, Ph.D. student is quoted in an article published by Al-Bawaba News (which is one of the largest independent news outlets in the Middle East/based in Jordan). 


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