University of Massachusetts Amherst

Search Google Appliance


Department Faculty in the National News

Department Faculty in the National News

Political Science and Legal Studies faculty and graduate students have been highly visible in the national news. Posted below is a selection of their op-eds and commentaries on current political issues recently published in major national news outlets.

Follow us on Twitter @umasspolsci

Like us on Facebook, UMass Amherst Department of Political Science @umasspoliticalscience

Visit “This Week in the News” on the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences UMassAmherst website

Op-Eds and Commentaries

How to Better Communicate Election Forecasts – in One Simple Chart

Justin Gross Washington Post, 29 November 2016.

If You’re Even Asking if Russia Hacked the Election, Russia Got What it Wanted.

Paul Musgrave Washington Post, 28 November 2016.

Trump’s Claims About Illegal Votes are Nonsense. I Debunked the Study he Cites as ‘Evidence’.

Brian Schaffner Politico, 29 November 2016.

Expert Support for Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Peter Haas Rising Powers in Global Governance, 19 November 2016.

White Support for Donald Trump was Driven by Economic Anxiety, but also by Racism and Sexism

Brian Schaffner Vox, 16 November 2016.

Violence has a Long History in American Elections

Jesse Rhodes Newsweek, 8 November 2016.

Who’s Voting Early? Latino Voting is Surging, but White Turnout is, too

Bernard Frage and Brian Schaffner Washington Post, 4 November 2016.

Latino Electorate on Track for Historic Turnout in 2016

Justin Gross Huffington Post, November 2 2016.

On Twitter, Trump, ‘Punches Down’ Far More Than Any of His Rivals 

Justin Gross and Kaylee Johnson Washington Post, 27 October 2016.

Trump Thinks Non-Citizens are Deciding Elections. We Debunked the Research He’s Citing.

Stephen Ansolabhere, Samantha Luks and Brian Schaffner Washington Post, 19 October 2016.

Is American More Divided by Race or Class?

Sean McElwee, Jesse Rhodes and Brian Schaffner Washington Post, 12 October 2016.

Latino Voters Poised to Cast Most Lopsided Presidential Vote on Record 

Justin Gross BeyondChron: The Voice of the Rest, 11 October 2016.

Columbians Rejected ‘Transitional Justice’ for Guerillas. They Want Criminal Justice Instead.

Jamie Rowen Washington Post, 8 October 2016.

LD Vote Predict 2016: Latino Voters Poised to Cast Most Lopsided Presidential Vote on Record

Justin Gross Latino Decisions, 6 October 2016.

The GOP’s Jewish Donors are Abandoning Trump

Eitan Hersh and Brian Schaffner FiveThirtyEight, 21 September 2016.

Democrats and Republicans are as Divided about Gender Discrimination as they are about Everything Else

Elizabeth Sharrow and Michael Heaney Vox, 18 July 2016.

Why Would Russia Interfere in the US Election? Because it Sometimes Works.

Paul Musgrave Washington Post, 26 July 2016.

Big Republican Donors are Very Open to Trump’s Harsh Approach to Immigration

Sean McElwee, Jesse Rhodes and Brian Schaffner Vox, 25 July 2016.

Has Obama Ignored African American Concerns? Nope. Here’s the Evidence.

Jesse Rhodes, Tatishe Nteta and Melina Tarsi Washington Post, 2 June 2016.

Idea to Retire: Technology Alone Fosters Collaboration and Networks

Jane Fountain Brookings Institution Techtank, 15 April 2016.

Legal Scholarship Highlight: The Evolution of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Lori Ringhand and Paul Collins SCOTUSblog, 25 March 2016.

The Top Five Supreme Court Nomination Myths 

Paul Collins and Lori Ringhand Slate, 24 March 2016.

What Two Legal Scholars Learned from Studying 70 Years of Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

Paul Collins and Lori Ringhand The Conversation, 21 March 2016.

New Poll Shows Trump Supporters More Likely to Fear a Majority-Minority US

Tatishe Nteta and Brian Schaffner Washington Post, 5 March 2016.

Racial Prejudice is Driving Opposition to Paying College Athletes. Here’s the evidence.

Kevin Wallsten, Tatishe Nteta and Lauren McCarthy Washington Post, 30 December 2015. 


  • Graduate
  • Faculty Publications

News Type: 

  • Faculty News