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UMass Political Science Professors Tatishe Nteta and Jesse Rhodes discuss the results of a recent UMass political poll covering state and national hot topics.

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.

Meredith Loken, assistant professor of Political Science UMass Amherst, along with Milli Lake and Kate Cronin-Furman published and article in International Studies Quarterly: “Deploying Justice: Strategic Accountability for Wartime Sexual Violence”.

By BRAD POLUMBO - College students must realize that only conservatism can save higher education Total student debt hit an astronomical $1.48 trillion this year. The average graduate now leaves school with $40,000 in loans hanging over his head. So is it really a surprise that Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) won over millions of young people in 2016? After all, he campaigned on student-loan bailouts and “free college.” Many students desperate for an answer now support this agenda — in the hope of escaping crushing amounts in debt.

Twenty-five undergraduate students have been selected from a pool of more than 100 applications to be 2019 University of Massachusetts Women into Leadership (UWiL) fellows. Among those fellows, 18 come from majors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS).

New UMass Amherst Poll Shows Biden with Early Lead in 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary; Warren in Third Due to Issues with Men, Older Voters. Poll also shows Senator Markey facing close competition from Healey, Moulton.

Brenda K. Bushouse, political science and public policy, is co-author of an analysis based on research into how philanthropies are more than charitable organizations, they also play a political role. The authors say foundations are able to set the agenda for policy makers, they use their credibility as experts and they often serve as the anchors of interest group coalitions. 

A) A new poll conducted by UMass Amherst found that a notable percentage of state voters believe both President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and mass media practices played a role in the recent spate of violent incidents across the nation, although a greater number placed responsibility on the president. The UMass Poll also asked voters which media outlets they trust for their political information. 

B) There is national and regional coverage of the most recent findings of the UMass Poll. Politico reports that Sen. Edward Markey could face a strong challenge in 2020 from Maura Healey, the attorney general. Markey fares better against Rep. Seth Moulton. Among potential presidential candidates, Sen. Elizabeth Warren comes in third among Democratic and independent voters in Massachusetts. 

National Rankings Review - College Factual released its 2019 national and state rankings for Best Political Science & Government Programs for Veterans. University of Massachusetts Amherst performed very well in these rankings. UMass Amherst’s Political Science program is ranked #63 out of 590 for veteran friendliness of all colleges and universities reviewed by College Factual.

Political consultant Ryan McCollum and UMass Prof. Justin Gross discusses the impact of celebrity political endorsements on the midterm elections. Western Mass. Network to End Homelessness & Pamela Schwartz believe new legislation can help curb homelessness in Mass. 

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