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Paul Musgrave, Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an article examining the predicament McDonald’s finds itself in as franchises in the Middle East have weighed in on opposing sides of the Israeli-Hamas conflict, with branches in Muslim countries disavowing a decision by McDonald’s Israel to provide free meals to the Israeli military. “We’re in a post-‘Golden Arches Theory of Conflict Prevention’ world now for sure,” Musgrave says, citing the idea that two countries with McDonalds would never go to war with each other. “Even though Russia and Ukraine both had McDonald’s in 2022, they still went to war. Now, conflicts within the McDonald’s empire mirror the real stresses and passions of the region.” Additionally, he was featured in Vice. Musgrave says, "The risks here could be extreme. During the 1960s, for instance, even powerful brands like Coca-Cola were expelled from countries because of the Arab boycott of Israel and firms conducting business with Israel. That lasted for decades." (Al Jazeera, 10/20/23; Vice, 10/20/23 ) 

A multidisciplinary team led by Seth Goldman, communication, with Tatishe Nteta, political science and UMass Poll, has received a Presidential Authority Award from the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) to expand its research of how people of color respond to narratives of rising diversity. (Read More, 10/12/2023)

Political science doctoral candidate Ricardo Vega León has received the 2023 Fund for Latino Scholarship award from the American Political Science Association. His research interests include the intersections of the history of political thought and political economy, political theory of race and empire, and transnational politics of slavery and abolition.  (Read More, 10/9/2023)

Paul M. Collins, Jr., Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science at UMass Amherst, has a new book, Supreme Bias: Gender and Race in U.S. Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings (Stanford University Press). In addition to revealing the disturbing extent to which bias exists even at the highest echelon of U.S. legal power, the book provides concrete suggestions for reducing bias. (Stanford University Press)

​​Professor Tatishe Nteta was featured in a Politico article titled “What Taylor Swift’s ‘Eras’ Tour Tells Us About Trump’s Appeal”. Nteta suggests that Trump's ability to connect with his followers, even in the face of political losses and legal challenges, lies in his authenticity and his willingness to express sentiments that resonate with a portion of the population. He notes that Trump's charisma and refusal to conform to traditional political norms make him seem genuine to his audience. Politico (10/06/2023)

Tatishe Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Poll, is quoted in an article on the oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre and the slow national movement toward reparations. The article cites a UMass poll conducted in January showing that a majority of Americans oppose cash payments for descendants of slaves. “It’s all about deservingness,” Nteta says. “It’s really informed by negative racial views and stereotypes of African Americans, and what they would do with the money.” (The Washington Post, 10/4/23; News Office release)

Jesse Rhodes, professor of political science and co-director of the UMass Poll, comments on a poll conducted by UC-Berkeley finding that most Californians oppose making cash reparations to descendants of enslaved Americans. Rhodes says, “We’ve consistently found that reparations at present do not enjoy majority support and that’s especially the case when respondents were asked about cash reparations as a form of reparations.” (Fox News, 9/18/23)

A UMass poll found that 70% of voters aged 18 to 29 in the commonwealth support the right for incarcerated people to vote. This is cited in an article covering Wednesday’s hearing in front of the Election Laws Committee as law makers work on restoring voting rights to incarcerated people.(MassLive, 9/14/23)

According to a UMass poll from June.Sixty-seven percent of respondents strongly or somewhat supported an age limit for serving in the Senate. The data was highlighted in an overview of how politicians are getting older and the phenomenon is getting more common. (FiveThirtyEight, 9/7/23)

Lauren McCarthy, Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science was quoted in a Reuters Article titled ' The critics of Russia's war in Ukraine caught in jail 'carousel'’. The piece described how Russia has cracked down on criticism of the war in Ukraine. “Russian authorities aren’t dragging someone off the street and sticking them with a criminal charge,” McCarthy says. (Reuters, 9/7/23)