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Tenzin Dawa Thargay, a 2018 graduate and the student commencement speaker, has been awarded a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. Fellowships are awarded in a highly competitive nationwide contest.

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. 

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. 

University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate Pat Malone, won the Democratic primary for state representative in the 8th Worcester District on Sept. 4, 2018. On Tuesday, Malone came a step closer to fulfilling those plans when he won the Democratic nomination in a two-way race in the 8th Worcester District, which includes the Worcester County towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Millville and Uxbridge. The seat has been held since 2010 by Republican Kevin Kuros, who did not seek re-election this year.

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. 

We caught up with Nathalie Amazan '20 to talk about the work she does on campus in a leadership capacity. Nathalie is a political science and legal studies major, the newly elected Vice President of the UMass Amherst Student Government Association, the co-founder of the UMass Prison Abolition Collective, and works at the Stonewall Center where she does trainings around queer and trans identities and terminologies. She is also a member of the SBS Academic Fellows program and works at theCenter for Education Policy & Advocacy (CEPA).

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