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Legal Studies Visiting Scholar Tania DoCarmo publishes along other colleagues an article titled: “Personal Storytelling In Professionalized Social Movements”. 

Peter M. Haas presented a recent paper on the UN and global climate change governance to the University of California Berkeley. He summarizes the various ongoing efforts to address multiple aspects of global warming, and focuses on the need for mobilizing more climate finance to accelerate the global energy transition away from fossil fuels. 

Alexander Theodoridis, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an opinion piece in The New York Times asking if the political center in America is disappearing. He says, “If policy were the central focus of voter preferences, there very well could be support for a centrist movement. Public opinion data tell us that, policy-by-policy, there is a density of voters with center-left preferences, [but] our politics, as currently structured, is not primarily about policy positions. The zero-sum, identity and affect-based partisan polarization that dominates American politics today mixes with our institutions to make it difficult for a centrist movement to get off the ground.” (The New York Times, 3/24/21)

Sheldon Goldman, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an opinion piece in Bloomberg Law about President Biden’s upcoming judicial nominations.  Goldman says that Democrats in the U.S. Senate have to act fast to approve Biden’s judicial nominees while they still hold a slim majority. (Bloomberg Law, 3/23/21)

Maju Varghese has been named director of the White House Military Office, overseeing a department that provides military support to the White House for on-site events and travel, such as when the president travels aboard Air Force One or spends time at the presidential retreat, Camp David. Varghese, a UMass Amherst alumnus who majored in political science and economics, is among a trio of Long Island natives profiled by Newsday, following their appointment to positions in the Biden administration. (Newsday, 3/22/21)

Rebecca Hamlin, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at UMass Amherst, comments in an article about Republicans in Congress who are criticizing President Biden’s response to the recent increase in people trying to cross the southern border into the United States. Hamlin says the Trump administration “created one of the most dangerous, poor-quality, unsanitary, crowded refugee camps in the world,” and that criticisms of what Biden has done since taking office are “nakedly partisan” and designed to motivate the Republican base. (Al Jazeera, 3/15/21; mentioned in Press News Agency)

A new UMass Amherst/WCVB Poll of Massachusetts residents finds that support for Governor Charlie Baker has eroded as he considers running for a third term, dropping from a high of 78% in August 2020 to 52% most recently. “To no one’s surprise, Baker’s approval ratings have dipped and this is true across all demographic and political groups in the state,” says Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst and Director of the UMass Poll. 

A new University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB Poll taken in advance of the Patriots re-signing Cam Newton found that bringing back the veteran quarterback was tied as fans’ least popular option for the Pats’ field general in the 2021 season. (News Office Release, 3/15/2021)

Governor has lost a third of his support since August, while President Biden has double the approval numbers of predecessor Trump among Bay State residents. As Gov. Charlie Baker mulls running for a possible third term, approval for the Republican governor has eroded during the COVID pandemic, according to a new University of Massachusetts Amherst / WCVB poll. (News Office Release, 3/15/2021)

Recent UMass Poll findings are cited in an article reporting that 30% of Massachusetts State Police employees have not received COVID-19 vaccinations at department-run clinics. The poll found that about 21% of Massachusetts residents said they would either probably not or definitely not get vaccinated. (The Boston Globe, 3/15/21; News Office release)

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