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Charli Carpenter, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Human Security Lab, has written a new article about Ukraine's ban on men being prevented from leaving the country. The article cites a lab survey that finds a number of practical and strategic considerations for the country to consider lifting its ban on allowing men aged 18-60 to leave the country with their families. (Insider, Worlds Politics Review, 08/03/2022)

Paul M. Collins, Jr., Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, has co-authored an article about calls for term limits for Supreme Court justices following the court's overturning of Roe v. Wade. "Our extensive research on the Supreme Court shows life tenure, while well-intended, has had unforeseen consequences" write the authors. (Michigan Advance, 08/01/2022)

Professor Angelica Bernal published an article, with Joshua Holst, on the criminalization of protest in Ecuador in the NACLA Report (North American Congress for Latin America). In this article, Bernal & Holst discuss the aftermath of Ecuador's National Strike, focusing on the criminalization of protesters. The National Strike of June 2022 was a historic moment for the country's Indigenous movement, who in the face of intense repression and violence, proved themselves a still powerful and effective force in Ecuadorian politics. No sooner was the peace accord signed that the conservative government of Guillermo Lasso began a familiar campaign against Indigenous leaders and protesters, starting with charges against CONAIE president Leonidas Iza for "illegal disruption of public services" for road blockades and interruption of petroleum production. In this article, we contextualize and discuss the current criminalization and its impact on the 90-day dialogue process. (NACLA, 08/04/22)


Jamie Rowen, Scott Blinder, and Rebecca Hamlin's article: "Victim, Perpetrator, Neither?: Attitudes Towards Deservingness in Immigration Law" was published in Law and Society Review, the country's top journal for socio-legal research. The article draws from the three professor's complementary expertise in international criminal law, survey methods, and immigration law to address how the American public views a fictional applicant for immigration benefits who once worked for the Taliban, meaning they would be barred from receiving a visa. Through experimental methods, the team illustrates that a sizeable portion of the public cares about why a person works for the Taliban and might be willing to grant a visa, a finding that shows the problems with the blanket ban in U.S. law and policy. (Law & Society Review, 8/4/2022)

Raymond La Raja, Professor of Political Science and Associate Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is quoted in a news article examining the expenditures on which former President Donald Trump and his allies spent a quarter of a billion dollars in donations received based on their claims of fighting “widespread election fraud.” “Small donors make impulse decisions to support something based on their emotions, and they’re just preying on these emotions to raise money, and it’s fabricated,” La Raja said. (USA Today,

A story about the first debate between Massachusetts Republican candidates for governor mentions a UMass Amherst/WVCB poll finding that more than half of respondents say they favor the Trump-endorsed Geoff Diehl while 17% would cast ballots for political newcomer Chris Doughty. “He’s running a campaign that’s targeted to Alabama voters and here we are in Massachusetts, so he’s going to lose,” Doughty said about Diehl on the Howie Carr Show in a debate sponsored by the conservative-aligned Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance. (Masslive, 7/21/22; News Office release)

There is growing concern among Massachusetts residents about the U.S. economy, with 78% of poll respondents saying the economy is fair or poor. “Last year when asked to identify the most pressing issue facing the commonwealth, the overwhelming majority of residents pointed to the challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science and director of the poll. “Today, with inflation reaching a 30-year high, gas prices hovering at a record $5 a gallon and the nation on the brink of a recession, the economy is on residents’ minds.” (The Lowell Sun, The Wall Street Journal, Mediaite, Boston HeraldNews Office release; News Office release)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, discusses the possibility of impeaching U.S. Supreme Court justices who some have accused of lying under oath about their positions on Roe v. Wade during their confirmation hearings. “An argument can be made that justices who indicated during their confirmation hearings that they would support the precedent of Roe v. Wade misled the public when they voted to overrule Roe. I do not believe this amounts to perjury, but it may be demonstrative of failing to engage in good behavior, which is one interpretation of the standard by which judges may be impeached," Collins says. (Newsweek, 6/29/22)

Nearly two-thirds of the poll’s respondents said the court should not have overturned Roe, with no demographic groups other than Republicans (55%) and conservatives (56%) registering more than 30% support for the court’s decision. Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science and director of the poll, said, “The Supreme Court just made the issue of abortion and women’s rights a key factor in the 2022 midterm election. With over one-third of residents of the commonwealth indicating that a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade will increase their likelihood to turn out to vote in 2022, and that this sentiment is most pronounced among Democrats and liberals, this news will likely hurt Republicans on the ballot in Massachusetts and across the nation this upcoming November.” (MassLive, 6/25/22; WCVB [Boston], 6/24/22; News Office release)

Paul Collins, Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, says  the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade could be used to overrule marriage equality and sexual privacy and to allow states to restrict contraceptives. (MassLive, 6/24/22)