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Charli Carpenter, Director of the Human Security Lab and Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a commentary on international law in the context of the Israel-Hamas war. However imperfect, international law helps to distinguish “between ‘civilized’ violence and outright barbarity,” Carpenter says. (Bloomberg, 11/16/23; redistributed by Portland Press Herald [Maine], 11/21/23)

“Even former Gov. Charlie Baker, who nabbed the title of America’s most popular governor more than once, struggled with transportation — a UMass Amherst / WCVB Poll last year found that 57% of registered voters thought Healey’s predecessor handled transportation and transit “not too well” or “not well at all” ( 11/17/23)

“The language in the Code of Conduct is exceedingly vague. Most importantly, there appears to be no enforcement mechanism. So, I read this code of conduct as an acknowledgment of the criticisms the Court is currently facing – which has resulted in historically low public approval – but not as a serious effort to address the ethical issues facing the Court,” Professor Paul Collins, Professor of Political Science and Legal Studies. (Miami Herald, 11/14/23)

Paul Musgrave, Professor of Political Science, penned an analysis of the Nov. 8 Republican presidential debate, noting differences and agreements between "the hawks and the isolationists." "This degree of intraparty division about the purpose of foreign policy is reminiscent of earlier eras," writes Musgrave, highlighting transformative historic events. "The Debate Reveals a Brutal Reality About Republican Foreign Policy - The party is headed toward a belligerent place, no matter who wins the nomination". (Politico, 11/09/23)

Peter Haas, a retired professor of political science and international relations, wrote a guest column on situational ethics in the war between Hamas and Israel. “Rhetoric over the Israel Hamas war is burning red hot. Some narratives blame Israel, some blame Hamas, some focus on the morality of Israeli tactics against the citizens of Gaza.” writes Haas in the article titled “Guest columnist Peter M. Haas: Situational ethics hold sway in Gaza”. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 11/5/23)

Legal Studies Lecturer and practicing attorney Maria Puppolo was recognized last week as one of the Top Women in Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, for the work she does with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Office, where she assists recently incarcerated individuals with housing and employment programs. Congratulations Professor Puppolo! We are proud that you are part of the Legal Studies Major. 

Leah Wing was awarded the Margaret Maher Award for her work in Belfast, north of Ireland/Northern Ireland and contributions to the Amherst and UMass communities.

A 2022 UMass Poll measuring voters’ belief in the “great replacement” theory is cited in an article laying out former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley’s potential path to the Republican presidential nomination. The poll found that two-thirds of Republicans endorse some form of the tenets of the theory, which claims that the growth in the number of immigrants in the U.S. means the country is in danger of losing its culture and identity. (The Hill, 10/23/23; News Office release)

There is ongoing coverage reporting results of a new UMass Poll that assessed the approval of Massachusetts elected officials and also measured opinions about the housing shortage in Massachusetts and the state of  the MBTA.  Ten months into her term, 58% of all respondents – including over 25% of Trump voters – approve of Gov. Maura Healey’s performance, while more than half say she has not handled the housing shortage well. (NEPM picked up by other regional NPR stations, Boston.comMassLivePatchState House News Service, 10/23/23; WCVB-TV [Boston], WCVB-TV [Boston], The Boston Globe, 10/24/23; News Office release)

“Less than a year into her tenure as Governor of Massachusetts, Maura Healey has not only inherited her predecessor’s corner office, but she has also taken the mantle as one of the commonwealth’s most popular elected officials, as close to 6-in-10 residents approve of the job that Healey has done ten months into the job,” says Tatishe Nteta , Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll. Healey’s approval was the highest of all politicians who were evaluated by the poll. Senator Elizabeth Warren had the second-highest approval at 55%. (WCVB [Boston], Politico, 10/23/23; News Office release)