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“I never intended to major in political science when I accepted my spot at UMass,” says Morris Singer ’06. “I went from taking one political science class to the next before discovering my passion for the subject matter and for the opportunities that exist to carry my education beyond the classroom.”

Professor Jesse Rhodes was a featured guest on 22 News inFocus. The episode explored the three ballot questions Massachusetts voters will face in the upcoming November 2012 election: the legalization of medical marijuana, allowing terminally ill adults to obtain drugs to end their lives, and the Right to Repair auto repair bill. 

Political science and public policy professor Jane Fountain was at the World Economic Forum Summit on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasis in Istanbul to lead a private session on the future of government bringing together heads of state and government, senior ministers, business leaders and key academic experts for productive debate and discussion on how governments can build capacity to more effectively meet the increasing challenges of global and national macroeconomic inequalities and transnational political conflicts in an increasingly inter-connected world.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Board of Trustees has appointed long-time Political Science faculty member Sheldon Goldman a Distinguished Professor. This appointment recognizes Professor Goldman's outstanding research, service, and teaching in the Department of Political Science.

“The way candidates and parties are reaching voters changes in every election,” says Charles H. Dolan, Jr. ’74. “What was once the domain of party bosses and advertising firms is now available to anyone with a laptop, cell phone or twitter account….We are witnessing a democratization of information.”

"Don't blame donors for ideological polarization of political parties," says Raymond La Raja, Associate Professor of Political Science. A new article published by La Raja and David Wiltse (Briar Cliff University) in American Politics Research suggests that "politicians are not so much responsive to ideological extremism as they are strategic in mobilizing ideologues in pursuit of resources and electoral goals."

The Department of Political Science has recognized Helena Taye '12 (political science) and Lilian Chukwurah '12 (legal studies) for their outstanding, original research this semester by awarding them the Department's annual Best Thesis Awards. Taye and Chukwurah, whose theses were unanimously chosen for this honor, each received a cash award in recognition of their work. 

Associate Professor Brenda Bushouse (political science and public policy) will co-direct a new Five College project that will help bridge liberal arts and professional education across the five campuses. The Five College Public Policy Initiative has received $194,667 from Five Colleges, Inc., for the project, which will develop curricular connections between the schools’ undergraduate and graduate programs.

Matthew Brady

How did you find this internship?
I was informed of the internship from a personal reference and followed up my inquiry with my own research of what exactly it would entail.

Why did you decide to pursue an internship?
I want to attend law school after i graduate from UMass and my goal is to become a prosecutor right out of law school.

Professor Jesse Rhodes is one of eight faculty selected campus-wide by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development to be a 2012-2013 Lilly Teaching Fellow.