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After graduating from UMass Amherst, Philip McNamara ’97, joined the Democratic National Committee (DNC) as the assistant to the director of party affairs and delegate selection. “It was my first ‘professional’ job,” reflects McNamara. “I was 23 and figured I would stay there for a year or two.” After the first year, however, McNamara became the deputy director of party affairs and delegate selection, and, in 2002, the director. His temporary job effectively became an 11 year career.

Stuart Shulman, assistant professor of political science and founder and director of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass Amherst, was an invited speaker at University of Haifa in Israel. His presentation, "Coding the Twittersphere," explored how and why posts on micro-blogging forums such as Twitter should be gathered, filtered, searched, and analyzed.

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Daniel Glaun ’12 (Political Science) and Nicholas Shamey ’13 (Political Science) were selected to represent the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Department of Political Science at the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point in November 2011.

Jillian Schwedler, associate professor of political science, was a featured "blogging head" with Hisham Bustani, a reporter at Jadaliyya, on a special edition of on the Arab Spring.

On November 1st to 4th, Professor Peter Haas participated in the creation of the UN's Global Environment Outlook 5, a periodic report that details the global state of the enviroment.  Started in 1995 in an effort to document environmental issues, these reports are created by various groups and prestigious experts in enviromental policy. Professor Haas has a sustained interest in international relations, especially as they relate to enviromental politics and controversies.


To see the UN's GEO's website, please see this page.

“The events of 9/11 were a formative experience for my generation,” says Melinda R. Tarsi, a fifth year PhD student in the Department of Political Science. Since 9/11, Tarsi has watched many friends enter and serve in the military. Once their terms were up, Tarsi also watched these same friends leave the military and start to utilize many of the benefits designed to support veterans. “I quickly became interested in what appeared to be a parallel welfare state,” Tarsi reflects.

For nearly eight hundred years, and most recently three bloody decades, Northern Ireland/the north of Ireland was characterized by violent and politically-charged conflicts over the constitutional status of the territory. While the ceasefires and political peace talks regularly made the news, a series of non-violent, artistic demonstrations were often overlooked. According to Leah Wing, a faculty member in the Legal Studies program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, nearly 2,000 murals have been constructed across the region in the past forty years.

George T. Sulzner, professor emeritus of political science, has received the 2011 Donner Medal in Canadian Studies.

The Donner Medal is presented biennially by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) for distinguished achievement, scholarship, and program innovation in the area of Canadian Studies in the United States. The recipient is selected by a committee of the members of ACSUS after a public nomination process.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva has appointed Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain to be vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. Fountain served as chair of the Council last year (chairs may serve for only one year) leading sessions at Davos and in Vienna where a major report of the Council, The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World, was launched last June. Fountain was in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from October 9-11 for the Forum's Summit on the Global Agenda.