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Jane Fountain, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, has been elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. The National Academy was chartered by Congress to provide non-partisan expert advice and serves as an independent, non-profit, and non-partisan organization to assist government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent organizations. 

AMHERST, Mass. – UMass Poll’s exit poll from today’s Massachusetts election shows that the gender gap helped propel Elizabeth Warren to victory in a competitive race against incumbent Senator Scott Brown. The poll shows that women voters preferred Warren to Brown by a margin of 20%, while men split evenly between the two candidates. Brown was also faced with an electorate that looked much different than the one that elected him to office in 2010.

Lori Chau (Political Science) and Christine Howe (Legal Studies) are among fifteen University of Massachusetts Amherst students studying abroad this fall with Gilman Scholarships in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.

These results place UMass Amherst fourth in the U.S. behind the University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco State and University of California, Santa Barbara.

Political Science Professor Peter Haas was one of five experts invited to introduce the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Environmental Outlook 5 (GEO 5) Report to representatives from international organizations, government, and academia at a workshop September 21, 2012. The workshop, "Designing Global Governance for Sustainability," was organized by the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston.

“An internship is the most important component of your undergraduate education,” says Patrick Nigro ’13.

The students of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Mock Trial team would be honored to have you judge our third annual Thanksgiving Classic at the Isenberg School of Management this November 16th, 17th and 18th.

The Department of Political Science is pleased to welcome two new assistant professors to our faculty: Regine A. Spector and Kevin L. Young! Professors Spector and Young both joined the department on September 1. 

Political Science Professor John Brigham gave an invited lecture at Union College as part of that college's Constitution Day celebration on September 17. 

Brigham's lecture, "The Pritchett Synthesis: Recovering the Law and the Politics of Judging," explored C. Herman Pritchett's view of politics and law and argued that Pritchett's scholarship should be reconsidered in light of today's approaches to constitutionalism. The research was based on Brigham's recent article in Studies in Law, Politics and Society.

PhD student Alper Yagci has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to explore the Regulation of Genetically Modified Seeds in Developing Countries.

PhD alum Kemi George '11 has just received the 2012 Virginia M. Walsh Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's Science, Technology and Environmental Politics section. The award recognizes the best dissertation in science, technology, and environmental politics finished within the past two years.