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Alexander Theodoridis, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, with co-authors, writes that the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building underscores the bipartisan effect of dehumanizing language.  They say, “Dehumanization is more than just disagreement or incivility, it is the express denial of humanity (for example, calling Kamala Harris a ‘monster’ or using the term ‘DemoRATS’) and is associated with a host of consequences, including acceptance of violence against its targets.” They cite an Oct. 2020 UMass Poll that found that 85 percent of partisans rated those in their party as “more evolved” than those in the opposing party.  (NBC News, 1/17/21; WWLP, 1/19/20)

The Ethnography Collective @ UMASS Amherst invites you to join its first spring 2021 event, WTF?! Graduate Student Edition: "Stuck and Unstuck on Doing Fieldwork during Covid-19" on Feb 17 at 5-6:30 pm (EST). Each panelist plans to speak for 10 minutes about how their research has been impacted by the pandemic (challenges they have faced or unexpected possibilities they have discovered). And then they will share either a piece of practical advice or a lingering question they have about ethnographic research during the pandemic. For the last half an hour, we'll open it up to a collective Q&A and discussion. Here's our registration link.

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)