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The UMass Center for Research on Families granted a $5000 dissertation award to PhD Candidate Luz Maria Sanchez. The award will support her writing on the impact of humanitarian diasporic policies on exiled individuals and families. (UMass Center for Research on Families)

Jesse Rhodes, political science and co-director of the UMass Amherst Poll, spoke to students from five area high schools on the theme of voting rights during a Law Day event organized by the Northwestern district attorney’s office at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Rhodes explained why voting matters, highlighting the fact that younger people are much less likely to vote than older people. Eighteen-to-29-year-olds are the most diverse generation in U.S. history, he said, and their political priorities — climate change, racial justice, reproductive rights — are different from those of older generations. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 5/4/23)

El País, Spain's daily newspaper, has published the article "El mito de la democracia racial" by UMass Political Science PhD Graduate Ana Maria Ospina. Ospina argues that the idea that Colombia is a mestizo nation and that Colombian culture is the happy result of a mixture of cultures prevents critical reflection on the inequalities generated by the historical exploitation of ethnic communities. (El País)

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Mentor Award: Camille Barchers, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional planning (LARP), and Meredith Rolfe, associate professor of political science. This award recognizes SBS faculty who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the mentorship of students. (News Office, 05/04/2023)


Findings from a 2021 UMass Poll are cited in reporting on efforts in California to pay reparations to descendants of enslaved Americans. The poll found that found that 64% of Democrats and 86% of Black Americans support reparations.(Fox News, 5/14/23; News Office release)

Ph.D. candidate Adam Eichen is co-author of an opinion piece supporting a bill before the Massachusetts legislature that would restore voting rights to convicted felons. Eichen, who is also a fellow at the UMass Amherst Poll, cites the Poll’s recent findings that 49 percent of Massachusetts residents support the change. (CommonWealth, 5/9/23)

Paul Collins, legal studies and political science, comments about hearings being held by the U.S. Senate on enacting a code of ethical conduct for the U.S. Supreme Court to operate under. Chief Justice John Roberts has communicated to the senator leading the headings via letters, providing a nonbinding “Statement on Ethics Principles and Practices,” but Collins says, “Absent a code of conduct there’s no way to enforce the disclosure of any of this information because the justices are basically enforcing it themselves.” (KatuKOKH, WPEC [West Palm Beach, Fla.], KMPH [Fresno, Calif.], KBFX [Bakersfield, Calif.], 5/3/23)  (EL PAÍS [Spain], 5/6/23; non-paywalled English translation viewable at The Limited Times).


Jesse Rhodes, political science, is scheduled to participate in the American Bar Association’s Law Day 2023 event in Northampton on May 4. The topic for the event is “Voting Rights Are Human Rights,”  and features Smith College Professor Carrie Baker, University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Jesse Rhodes and a performance by students from the Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School’s mock trial team. (Greenfield Recorder)

There has been more coverage of Jamie Rowen and Tami S. Rowen’s article on the Supreme Court and Mifepristone access. Jamie Rowen, legal studies and political science, and her sister, Tami Rowen, an obstetrician and gynecologist in San Francisco, answer questions about what the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest ruling on the abortion pill mifepristone means immediately and for medical care going forward. The original article can be found here. (Yahoo NewsNew Haven RegisterSFGateHouston ChroniclePennLiveTrue MedianPhil's Stock WorldThe Herald-PressDetroit Legal News)

Sindiso MnisiWeeks, legal studies, has published a piece for I-CONnect, the blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law, following her attendance of the Peopling Constitutional Law symposium. The post discusses possibilities for decolonizing constitutional law. (I-CONnect)