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Congratulations to Lilliauna Hopkins, current PhD student, for her newly appointed position to the UMass Black Advisory Council, representing the GSS. The Black Advisory Council is charged with meeting monthly to discuss issues related to the education, opportunity, access, well-being, and success of Black people, and particularly African Americans at UMass Amherst. More information about the BAC can be found here.

Professor of Political Science, Dr. Charli Carpenter, was recently featured on WBUR’s Here & Now in an interview entitled, “The challenges to prosecuting rape as a war crime in Ukraine, as allegations arise against Russia.” Dr. Carpenter is an expert on gender-based violence during conflict and was asked to share her thoughts regarding the use of sexual violence as a “strategy of war” in Ukraine. To listen to the full 9-minute segment, follow this link. (WBUR, May 3, 2022)

Human Security Lab has paid summer job openings for undergraduate and graduate students. Students who join our team will contribute to public opinion research on women's rights in Afghanistan, civilian protection in Ukraine and nuclear disarmament advocacy. Working with the Human Security Lab research team is an exciting opportunity to gain valuable research skills including writing literature reviews, web research, data coding and analysis, manuscript preparation, and more! For more information and how to apply, please use this link.

It is with sad news that we have recently learned that Patricia Jagentowicz ("Pat" or “PJ”) Mills died last month. Patricia was born March 18, 1944 in Newark NJ to Alexander and Louise Jagentowicz and passed away on March 14, 2022. Patricia graduated from Rutgers University Newark in 1973 while being active in the women’s rights movement and other social causes. She earned her M.A. at SUNY Stony Brook in 1975, then moved to Toronto where she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from York University in 1984. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining the faculty in the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst. 

News stories continue to cite recent UMass Polls that surveyed respondents’ views on paying financial reparations to the descendants of the enslaved and the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race. (Grand Forks Herald [N.D.], 4/15/22; Council on Foreign Relations, 4/17/22 ; KGET-TV Bakersfield, Calif., 4/18/22; News Office releases)

Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science was interviewed about politicians conceding elections post-Trump. Ahmed says if more candidates decide not to concede in elections, that will be a sign of other dangerous things to come, like more political violence. “Candidates don’t realize they’re really playing with fire,” she says. (National Public Radio, 4/14/22)

Imtashal Tariq, a graduate student in the Political Science Department whose research focuses on race and international law, was named an American Political Science Association Diversity Fellow. The APSA Diversity Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The DFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

An article on a resurgence of white nationalism shaping Michigan and U.S. politics cites UMass Poll findings that only 21% of Republicans nationwide say President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory was legitimate. (Michigan Advance, 4/12/22)

A poll in December by UPOLL at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that more than half of Republicans don’t think public schools should teach students about racial inequality. (The Charlotte Observer,  4/10/22)

In another recent poll from UMass Amherst conducted by YouGov, Trump led DeSantis 55% to 20%, but DeSantis received support from 69 percent of Republicans who listed him as either their first 20%, second 37% or third 12% choice. (Mediaite, 4/9/22)

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