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Elif Savas (Political Science) and RoseAnn Elaine Vik (Microbiology) are this year's graduate student winners of the University's Distinguished Teaching Award. Savas feels honored to receive this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award in recognition of her abilities to create a non-punitive classroom environment and build trust with her students through empathy and curiosity. She presented research from her dissertation, “Gendering the Far Right: A Comparative Perspective of Gendered Autocratization in the 21st Century,” to the American Political Science Association and Latin American Studies Association and also spoke at the Countering Backlash International Conference (UMass News, 5/9/24).


Starlene Alves, Esq. is the proud business owner of Alves Law Group, PC, a law firm specializing in real estate, estate planning and business law. After graduating from UMass Amherst in 2010 with her bachelors degree in Legal Studies, Starlene attended New England Law where she got her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in intellectual property law. (UMass News, 05/01/2024) 


Alex Theodoridis, Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, and a UVA alumnus, led a panel featuring former advisor to President Bill Clinton, Paul Begala, New York Times columnist Jamelle Bouie, former U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards, Bulwark publisher Sarah Longwell and NBC’s Chuck Todd. (University News, 4/18/24)

Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science, comments about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court challenging whether homeless people have a right to sleep outside. Collins says it is likely that the Court will split down ideological lines and uphold the policy in place in the case against the city of Grants Pass, Oregon. (Newsweek, 4/22/24)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, comments “It’s a complex case and I think there hasn’t been enough attention on just how complex it’s going to be for the prosecution to prove”. (The Christian Science Monitor, 4/15/24)

Four faculty members and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science — Tatishe Nteta, Douglas Rice, Jesse Rhodes, Justin Gross and Adam Eichen write that efforts to eliminate diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in more than two dozen states are rooted in racism. Citing their research conducted through the UMass Poll, they say, “The troubling connection between racism and opposition to DEI programs highlights that there is still work to be done until the nation’s citizens are truly judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” (The Conversation, 4/8/24; syndicated to Beaumont Enterprise [Texas], (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 4/15/24)

Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of UMass Poll writes an article in an Australian Policy Think Tank on this year US election parties, their major key decision points on voting parties but that the United States won’t fundamentally change its relationships with allies like Australia. (The Interpreter, 4/8/24)


Rebecca Hamlin, Professor and Director of Legal Studies, has been awarded a grant from the UMass Amherst-University College Dublin 2024 Seed Funding for Strategic Research Initiatives program. The grant will be used to launch the Research Partnership on the Law and Politics of the Global Refugee Regime. Convened by Co-PIs, Professors Rebecca Hamlin (UMass) and Cathryn Costello (UCD), the partnership aims to engage in and enable interdisciplinary research on the role of international refugee law in the global refugee regime. In particular, the partnership aims to develop and foster deeper global comparative research on refugee recognition practices, and the role of refugees in shaping the global refugee regime.


Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, Tatishe Nteta, comments on Nikki Haley’s chances against former President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Republican presidential primary. “Haley is fashioning herself as a more moderate option,” Nteta says. “So, that’s why I think she’s in.” (WBUR, 2/26/24)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, discusses what the court’s decision to delay Trump’s federal trials further means for the 2024 presidential election. “Whether you like Donald Trump or not, people want to know whether he is guilty of the crimes in which he’s being charged before they vote for him… So essentially what the court did was slow walk this case. I mean it’s almost impossible to slow-walk it more than they have.” (WORT, 3/7/24)