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It is with sad news that we have recently learned that Patricia Jagentowicz ("Pat" or “PJ”) Mills died last month. Patricia was born March 18, 1944 in Newark NJ to Alexander and Louise Jagentowicz and passed away on March 14, 2022. Patricia graduated from Rutgers University Newark in 1973 while being active in the women’s rights movement and other social causes. She earned her M.A. at SUNY Stony Brook in 1975, then moved to Toronto where she earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from York University in 1984. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining the faculty in the Department of Political Science, UMass Amherst. 

News stories continue to cite recent UMass Polls that surveyed respondents’ views on paying financial reparations to the descendants of the enslaved and the legitimacy of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race. (Grand Forks Herald [N.D.], 4/15/22; Council on Foreign Relations, 4/17/22 ; KGET-TV Bakersfield, Calif., 4/18/22; News Office releases)

Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science was interviewed about politicians conceding elections post-Trump. Ahmed says if more candidates decide not to concede in elections, that will be a sign of other dangerous things to come, like more political violence. “Candidates don’t realize they’re really playing with fire,” she says. (National Public Radio, 4/14/22)

Imtashal Tariq, a graduate student in the Political Science Department whose research focuses on race and international law, was named an American Political Science Association Diversity Fellow. The APSA Diversity Fellows Program is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The DFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.

An article on a resurgence of white nationalism shaping Michigan and U.S. politics cites UMass Poll findings that only 21% of Republicans nationwide say President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory was legitimate. (Michigan Advance, 4/12/22)

A poll in December by UPOLL at the University of Massachusetts Amherst found that more than half of Republicans don’t think public schools should teach students about racial inequality. (The Charlotte Observer,  4/10/22)

In another recent poll from UMass Amherst conducted by YouGov, Trump led DeSantis 55% to 20%, but DeSantis received support from 69 percent of Republicans who listed him as either their first 20%, second 37% or third 12% choice. (Mediaite, 4/9/22)

Lauren McCarthy, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Legal Studies has authored an analysis about why Vladimir Putin uses Russian law to crack down on dissent. “Russians generally believe that people should obey the law and that people should be punished for violating it. Autocrats make things illegal so they can shift blame away from themselves for passing unjust laws and instead blame individuals for breaking them,” she writes. “Since the war began, the Russian government has conducted more than 15,400 arrests, charging 10,000 of them with administrative violations.” (The Washington Post, 4/7/22)

Charli Carpenter was spotlighted in "UMass Today" for her trip to the Polish border to assist and report on the Ukrainian relief effort. The College of Social and Behavioral Science is organizing a webinar on Carpenter's trip, scheduled for April 25 at 11:00 AM. We will post more details about the webinar. (UMass News Office, 3/31/22)