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Congratulations to Ph.D. student Fatih Cetin on winning the Eunice Fiorito & Charles Dillman Scholarship award jointly offered by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) and the American Council of the Blind (ACB) to financially help visually disabled students in their academic studies.

Thirty UMass Amherst students, including 13 from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, are taking part in the United Nations Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a ten-week course focused on ecosystem-based climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction.  The course runs from early December through the end of January. (UMass News, 12/04/20)

Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an article about the possibility of a Trump presidential library, museum or even theme park. (The Guardian, 12/6/20; Vanity Fair, 12/7/20)

Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, was cited in an article about a lawsuit filed by historians aiming to protect documents from being destroyed by the outgoing Trump administration(The Washington Post,,, 12/5/20)

In an article in the New Yorker, Ahmed discusses the challenges presented by "a politician who will do anything to win, and a party too weak to stop him." (New Yorker, 11/27/20)

Outgoing State Rep. Aaron Vega, a lecturer in political science, has been named director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. He will assume the position in January. (MassLive, 11/12/20)

The Retired Faculty Association meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, featured political scientists Ray La Raja and Alexander Theodoridis, presenting “National Elections Analysis.” Before the discussion of election results, Tyrone Parham, assistant vice chancellor and chief of police at the UMass Amherst, will talk about “Policing a Diverse Community.” (UMass News, 11/06/2020)

Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, moderated a webinar on green infrastructure as an equitable and effective tool to address the climate crisis, environmental justice, and sustainable growth. The event was held on Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EST. (UMass News, 11/13/2020)

In an article entitled, "The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald’s Peace Theory," Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst writes, "We can no longer take for granted the idea that the United States—or any other country—will be bound to be a responsible stakeholder. It’s time to begin thinking about what the next era of world politics will look like." (Foreign Policy, 11/26/20)

Sonia Alvarez will be delivering a keynote at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, ANPOCS, to be held online between 1-11 December 2020. For more information, please visit: