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Paul Collins (Professor of  Legal Studies and Political Science), Raymond La Raja (Professor of Political Science) and Amel Ahmed (Associate Professor of Political Science), of UMass Amherst are each quoted in coverage exploring the constitutional possibilities of removing President Donald Trump from office following the violent storming of the Capitol by his followers on January 6.

A commentary by Adam Eichen, first year graduate student of Political Science at UMass Amherst and Executive Director of Equal Citizens, was recently published in Talking Points Memo (TPM). Eichen’s piece posits that gerrymandering created the vacuum needed to inspire Trump supporters to storm the capitol on January 6. (Talking Point, 01/12/2021)

Jane Fountain delivered a keynote address at the TROPICO 2020 Summit (online), at the Hertie School in Berlin on 2 December. Titled "Cross-Boundary Collaboration and Digitalization: Promise and Challenges," the lecture addressed dangers of exacerbating inequalities and bias in cross-boundary, digitalized environments. Transforming into Open, Innovative and Collaborative Governments (TROPICO) is a major EU research consortium of twelve university and research partners from ten European countries. It is supported by the European Commission's Horizon2020 research and innovation program.

An article co-authored in June 2020 by Meredith Loken, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, has been cited by Foreign Policy magazine as posing one of the top arguments of 2020. The article is about the role race plays in international relations.

 

Leverett resident Peter d’Errico writes to the Gazette about its December 4, 2020 reporting on UMass Amherst research funding. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1/4/21)

Charli Carpenter's research on terrorism and international law was mentioned by Foreign Policy editor Jonathan Tepperman in his November op-ed on Biden's foreign policy. Professor Carpenter is known internationally for her arguments that addressing terrorism should be treated as a law enforcement problem rather than a military campaign.

Paul Musgrave is quoted in a column about the foreign policy decisions facing President-elect Biden when he enters office in January. Other “presidents wanted to make their marks by changing U.S. foreign policy,” Musgrave says. “Biden wants to make his mark by restoring U.S. foreign policy.”  (Vox, 12/14/20)

Amel Ahmed discusses the flaws in the analysis behind Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawsuit alleging electoral fraud. (NY Times, 12/10/2020)

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Fatih Cetin on winning the Eunice Fiorito & Charles Dillman Scholarship award jointly offered by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) to financially help visually disabled students in their academic studies.

Thirty UMass Amherst students, including 13 from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, are taking part in the United Nations Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a ten-week course focused on ecosystem-based climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction.  The course runs from early December through the end of January. (UMass News, 12/04/20)

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