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Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, comments “It’s a complex case and I think there hasn’t been enough attention on just how complex it’s going to be for the prosecution to prove”. (The Christian Science Monitor, 4/15/24)

Four faculty members and a Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science — Tatishe Nteta, Douglas Rice, Jesse Rhodes, Justin Gross and Adam Eichen write that efforts to eliminate diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in more than two dozen states are rooted in racism. Citing their research conducted through the UMass Poll, they say, “The troubling connection between racism and opposition to DEI programs highlights that there is still work to be done until the nation’s citizens are truly judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.” (The Conversation, 4/8/24; syndicated to Beaumont Enterprise [Texas], (Oregon Public Broadcasting, 4/15/24)

Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of UMass Poll writes an article in an Australian Policy Think Tank on this year US election parties, their major key decision points on voting parties but that the United States won’t fundamentally change its relationships with allies like Australia. (The Interpreter, 4/8/24)


Rebecca Hamlin, Professor and Director of Legal Studies, has been awarded a grant from the UMass Amherst-University College Dublin 2024 Seed Funding for Strategic Research Initiatives program. The grant will be used to launch the Research Partnership on the Law and Politics of the Global Refugee Regime. Convened by Co-PIs, Professors Rebecca Hamlin (UMass) and Cathryn Costello (UCD), the partnership aims to engage in and enable interdisciplinary research on the role of international refugee law in the global refugee regime. In particular, the partnership aims to develop and foster deeper global comparative research on refugee recognition practices, and the role of refugees in shaping the global refugee regime.


Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, Tatishe Nteta, comments on Nikki Haley’s chances against former President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Republican presidential primary. “Haley is fashioning herself as a more moderate option,” Nteta says. “So, that’s why I think she’s in.” (WBUR, 2/26/24)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, discusses what the court’s decision to delay Trump’s federal trials further means for the 2024 presidential election. “Whether you like Donald Trump or not, people want to know whether he is guilty of the crimes in which he’s being charged before they vote for him… So essentially what the court did was slow walk this case. I mean it’s almost impossible to slow-walk it more than they have.” (WORT, 3/7/24)


UMass Amherst poll released current national coverage on Feb. 5 about the 2024 election. Developing reports found that 63% of voters viewed both President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump as old and 48% said they are out of touch with the issues facing the country today. (MassLive, 2/19/24; News Office release)
​In addition to national and international stories, a recent UMass Poll found that more than half of the respondents said they preferred neither President Joe Biden nor former President Donald Trump. (South China Morning Post, 2/19/24; ArabianBusiness [UAE], Manila Standard [Philippines], 2/20/24; News Office release)
An article on a likely rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump cites a January UMass Amherst Poll finding that more than half of respondents would prefer that neither candidate run for president again. (The Guardian, 3/9/24; News Office release)

Jesse Rhodes, Professor of Political Science and Co-Director of UMass Poll, comments in an article on the security required to protect shelters housing migrants in Massachusetts. Jesse says“In the context where immigrants have been consistently represented as a fundamental threat to the U.S., there are a huge amount of conspiracies theorizing around migrant centers and where people are being kept and are living." (Boston Globe, 03/13/24)

Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, was interviewed on "Uncounted Millions: The Power of Reparations," the latest episode of the documentary podcast series Reparations Now. Can reparations be a reality for all Black Americans? In New York, the state where the majority of Gabriel Coakley’s descendants now live, the governor has signed a bill creating a task force to consider reparations for formerly enslaved people. It’s the third state to do so. But beyond local considerations, does this debate have real momentum at a national level? In the final episode of “Uncounted Millions: The Power of Reparations,” we take a look at public opinion polling on reparations, along with the dollars and cents of making this a reality across the country. And we return to Gabriel Coakley’s descendants to understand how the family plans to keep alive the legacy he created a century and a half ago. (MSNBC Podcast, 3/14/24)

The UMass Amherst Poll added that support for a federal program paying reparations to descendants of enslaved Americans has declined. (American Renaissance, 2/22/24; News Office release)

Tatishe Nteta and Jesse Rhodes, political science and UMass Poll, and doctoral student Adam Eichen published an analysis of how sexist views among Republican voters may have helped sink Nikki Haley’s presidential campaign: “Only 27% of Haley supporters agreed with the statement that ‘women seek to gain power by getting control over men,’ but 38% of Trump voters agreed.” (The Conversation)