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Spector, Young Join Political Science Faculty

The Department of Political Science is pleased to welcome two new assistant professors to our faculty: Regine A. Spector and Kevin L. Young! Professors Spector and Young both joined the department on September 1. 

Spector holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA and MA in International Relations and International Policy Studies from Stanford University. She studies political economy, development, and politics in Eurasia, and her research has appeared in Problems of Post-Communism, Post-Soviet Affairs, The Washington Quarterly and numerous edited volumes. Spector teaches courses in comparative politics, political economy, development, and Eurasian studies. She is also the coordinator of the Central Eurasian Studies Speaker Series at the Woodrow Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C., where she has been a visiting research scholar.

Young's research is in the field of international political economy, with a particular focus on the politics of financial regulation. His research examines the ways that interest groups engage with financial regulators at the national and international levels in attempts to shape the content of financial regulation. Before coming to UMass he taught in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, and last year was based at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He teaches classes on international political economy, the dynamics of corporate lobbying in the global economy, and the politics of financial markets.

On behalf of all the Department's faculty and students, welcome!

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