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Edward R. Lew, an undergraduate student pursuing his degree in legal studies at UMass Amherst, has co-authored a new book about the incredible life and career of medical pioneer Halsted Reid Holman. “Halsted R. Holman and the Struggle for the Soul of Medicine,” published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, describes the major changes in American medicine and healthcare that took place during 100 years of efforts to deliver the fruits of biomedical science to all. The book’s story is told through the life of Holman, an icon in American academic medicine and arguably one of the most notable academic leaders in the U.S. (UMass News Office, 3/4/2022)

Research by Paul Collins and his coauthors, Christy Boyd and Lori Ringhand, was featured in a FiveThirtyEight article about how Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearing is likely to marked by subtle and not-so-subtle instances of sexism and racism. Based on their previous findings, Judge Jackson is likely to face more questions about her competence and possible biases in areas like gender and racial discrimination, be interrupted more, and be described in less glowing terms than white male nominees who came before her, and this treatment likely to come primarily from Senate Republicans. (FiveThirtyEight, 3/2/2022)

Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science and Director of Human Security Lab at UMass Amherst, pens an in-depth analysis in Foreign Policy about Biden's executive order releasing $7 billion in frozen U.S.-held Afghan central bank reserves. Carpenter says "A Better Use of Frozen Afghan Funds. The reserves belong to the Afghan people, not the United States or the Taliban". (Foreign Policy, 2/18/2022)

Research from the UMass Amherst poll, which found 71% of Republicans still believe President Biden’s 2020 victory was based on voter fraud, is cited in a piece on voting restriction efforts. (The Badger Herald, 2/15/22)

Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science, wrote an op-ed on how special-ops forces are still a better option than drone strikes following a deadly raid targeting ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi. (Business Insider, 2/14/22)

Professor Emeritus Eric Einhorn and his co-editors compiled this book after a symposium was held at UMass Amherst in Spring 2017. Scandinavian societies have historically, and problematically, been understood as homogenous, when in fact they have a long history of ethnic and cultural pluralism due to colonialism and territorial conquest. After World War II, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all became destinations for an increasingly diverse stream of migrants and asylum seekers from war-torn countries around the globe, culminating in the 2015—16 “refugee crisis.” This multidisciplinary volume opens with an overview of how the three countries’ current immigration policies developed and evolved, then expands to address how we might understand the current contexts and the social realities of immigration and diversity on the ground.

Graduate Student Luz Maria Sanchez Duque and Associate Professor Jamie Rowen have been awarded a $50,000 grant from Humanity United for their project "Diasporic Citizenship, Peacebuilding, and Reparation: Understanding Colombian Victims Abroad." This project is part of ongoing work through the Center for Justice, Law, and Societies, and builds from a collaboration with Associate Professor Rebecca Hamlin to better understand state citizen relations in the context of an ambitious reparations policy. This grant will directly fund a photovoice project with goals that include creating a sustainable online platform for members of the Colombian diaspora in the US to express themselves, come together, and provide mutual support, while also providing feedback to the Colombian government’s Unit for Victims on how to aid the Colombian diaspora in the United States.

Paul M. Collins Jr., Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science comments about what an article calls the political theater of Supreme Court nominations. Collins says, “Throughout American history, nominees have evaded certain questions, but they’ve also answered lots of other types of questions. What’s a relatively new phenomenon is that nominees are really answering almost no question of substance.” (Bloomberg Law, 2/7/22)

There is continued re-publication of an article co-authored by Paul M. Collins Jr., Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, for “The Conversation” questioning whether Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer’s replacement should have a term limit. Collins is also quoted in articles about Breyer’s retirement and the impact Ginni Thomas, a conservative advocate and wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, may have on the Court’s decisions. “Breyer’s pragmatic approach allowed him to reach consensus with his more conservative colleagues. His expected departure reminds America that the era of consensus has largely passed.” (, 1/27/22)  (Salon,, 1/31/22; Newsweek, 1/28/22; The New Yorker, 1/2122) (Chronicle-Tribune, 1/26/22;, 1/27/22;, 1/28/22); (Salon,, 1/31/22; Newsweek, 1/28/22)

Alexander Theodoridis, Associate Professor of Political Science, is quoted in an opinion piece examining why a significant segment of the U.S. population seems unable to dismiss as groundless counter-realities that range from extraordinarily unlikely to completely absurd. Theodoridis says stolen-election beliefs appear to be genuinely held, not just a political statement. As such, “I suspect they are not going to change very much,” he says. “I don’t know that the lack of evidence is really penetrating.”  (Boston Globe, 1/27/22; News Office release)