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Crystal Paul, the Political Science Department Director of Administration and Research, was named the recipient of the 2018 SBS Outstanding Staff Award for professional staff. During her three years in the Department, Crystal Paul has worked with the Chair to oversee the department's overall management. 

Paul Musgrave writes a column in The Washington Post about what he calls Trumpology, “the tales that feed liberal fears while diverting attention from the less exhilarating but far grimmer structural realities of American politics.”
A column in the Monkey Cage blog in The Washington Post about how whites oppose, but African-Americans more strongly support paying NCAA athletes, is co-authored by Tatishe M. Nteta and Lauren A. McCarthy, political science.

Kira Tait, a graduate student in the department of political science, has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to conduct her dissertation field research in South Africa. The Fulbright program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, conduct research, and/or teach English abroad.

Raymond J. La Raja comments in a radio news story about how voters in Hadley will be deciding whether to adopt a new voting system.

Paul Musgrave, political science, comments in a news analysis about Mike Pompeo, the new U.S. Secretary of State.

Two news stories look at state Sen. Stanley C. Rosenberg, who is running for re-election and awaiting the findings of a ethics investigation into actions of his estranged husband, and Chelsea Kline who is challenging Rosenberg in the Democratic primary.

Sheldon Goldman comments in a news analysis about how Republicans, who control both houses of Congress and the White House, have little to show for their dominance and appear to be happy to coast to the mid-term elections without pushing for more legislative victories beyond some deregulation and the tax cut bill. 

Brian F. Schaffner is interviewed about his research on how white voters in the U.S. are sharply divided and how education levels and racial attitudes play into that phenomenon. He also discusses how this voting group had an impact on the 2016 presidential election.

Raymond J. La Raja writes an essay in The Conversation about the Democratic Party and how its pluralism is both a strength and a weakness.