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Melinda R. Tarsi, a PhD student in Political Science, has received the 2012 Harry Middleton Fellowship in Presidential Studies.

The fellowship, which was created to support scholarly work in Presidential studies and to recognize the contributions of presidential speechwriter Harry Middleton to the Presidential library system, will allow Tarsi to continue her dissertation research on veteran politics and American social policy.

Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, has been appointed to the Governor's Innovation Council. The newly established Council includes a group of approximately 15 experts from business and academia. Its purpose is to help the State of Massachusetts modernize its government through more effective use of the Internet, web, social media, and other digital tools. 


Five students were recognized yesterday at the annual Junior Senior Legal Studies Luncheon. The students received awards for a combination of academic excellence and commitment to community service. Award winners include:

Josue Lopez '13 (Legal Studies), took first place at the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) National Championships on April 7, 2012 in Colorado Springs, CO.

Lopez is president and founder of the intercollegiate Boxing Team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has trained with local coach and former Western Massachusetts Golden Glove champion Rocky Snow since 2010. “We’re very proud of Josh,” Coach Snow said in a telephone interview. “He has worked hard for this.”

Twenty nine Political Science and Legal Studies majors have been elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society.  These students have demonstrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and a commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. Nationally, only about one in one hundred college seniors are invited to join this prestigious academic honors society.

Congratulations to:

“I enjoy trying jury cases,” says Stephen G. Anderson ’74, a partner at Fuller, Rosenberg, Palmer, and Beliveau in Worcester, MA. “Trials involve a tremendous amount of preparation, and preparing an effective cross examination takes hours,” he says. But the hours spent preparing for trial is worth it: “Fundamentally, I believe if you do what you love, you’ll love what you do!”

PhD student Candan Turkkan has received the 2011-2012 Best MA Award from the New School for Social Research for her master's thesis, "State, Autonomy, Distance: An Ethnography of Bureaucracy."

At UMass, Turkkan's research explores political theory and ethnography. She is researching the relationship between law and politics, theories of constitutional law, state formation and bureaucracy, and nationalism. 

She holds a bachelor degree from Sabanci University and MAs from the New School and New York University.

Five political science and legal studies majors were recognized by the Alumni Association for their outstanding academic acheivements, leadership, and community service. 

Faculty members John Brigham, Barbara Cruikshank, Judy Holmes, and Athena King, and

The Department of Political Science is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012 scholarship program. Each winner will be acknolwedged at the annual Senior Celebration and Scholarship Reception on April 25. Congratulations to all!

Luther A. Allen Scholarship

Elizabeth Landry ’13
Nicole Mannello ’13
Rachael Palmer ’13
Evan Pleasant ’14
Danielle Sekurski ’13
Brigid Thompson ’14

David A. Booth Scholarship

Alannah Driscoll-Sbar ’13

Daniel & Mary Feder Scholarship

Elizabeth Keenan ’12