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Paul Collins, professor of legal studies and political science, comments on new charges facing former President Donald Trump:“If the government can prove this aspect of the case, it will be exceptionally difficult for the former president to mount a defense." (Salon, 7/29/23)

Seth Goldman, communication, and Tatishe Nteta, political science--on a research team with Linda Tropp, psychological and brain sciences--received an Institute of Diversity Sciences Seed Grant to measure how “majority minority” narratives of rising diversity are interpreted to determine whether it encourages greater allyship and collective action, or greater interracial division and factions. (UMass News 7/20/23)


Tatishe Nteta, provost professor of political science and director of the UMass Poll, comments in an article about how Gov. Maura Healey has used Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a political foil to highlight policy differences between the two states. “She is attempting to establish a national brand for herself. This is a means to do so, to be part of the national conversation, by still trumpeting Massachusetts,” Nteta says. (The Boston Globe, 7/16/23)

An article on the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the three remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre cites a national UMass Amherst Poll on reparations. The poll, released in January, found six in 10 respondents oppose a federal program of reparations for descendants of slaves. (Yahoo! News, 7/11/23; News Office release)

UMass Amherst Human Security Lab Director Charli Carpenter, political science, is interviewed about the lab’s new report on a travel ban on civilian men imposed by the Ukrainian government shortly after Russia invaded the country in 2022. “This is a perfect example of a law that is based on a gendered assumption about… who should be able to access legal protections for civilians, like the right to flee a war zone,” Carpenter says. (War & Peace podcast, 7/12/23; News Office release)

Human Security Lab launched a major report this week on the humanitarian and strategic impact of President Zelensky's travel ban on civilian men 18-60. Professor Carpenter appeared on a podcast at International Crisis Group to discuss the new report, which recommends the travel ban be lifted and that the human rights and humanitarian community ensure protection of all civilians regardless of gender. Read about it here.

Tatishe Nteta, provost professor of political science and director of the UMass Poll, discusses public opinion as the State of California considers implementing large-scale reparations for Black residents affected by the legacy of slavery. Nteta says the 2021 poll found that 80% of Black residents support making cash payments to descendants of enslaved Americans, while 80% of white residents object. “ When we ask people why they oppose, it’s not about the cost. It’s not about logistics. It’s not about the impossibility to place a monetary value on the impact of slavery. It is consistently this notion that the descendants of slaves do not deserve these types of reparations,” Nteta says. (The Guardian, 7/11/23; News Office release)

The Human Security Lab has released a new report detailing far-reaching implications of a travel ban on men imposed by the Ukrainian government shortly after Russia invaded the country in 2022. The ban, which applies to nearly 9.5 million civilian men aged 18 to 60 in Ukraine, has separated families, trapped college students and other nonresidents inside the country, and limited the freedom of movement of transgender women. “Ukraine is rightly fighting for its life against an invader, but this report shows that it’s high time to rethink this particular law on humanitarian and strategic grounds,” says Charli Carpenter, professor of political science and director of the Lab. (Middle East Consumer Product News, CBS 17 [N.C.], 7/10/23; News Office release)

On the program Talking Politics, Tatishe Nteta, director of the UMass Poll, discusses how recent Supreme Court decisions might affect the 2024 elections. Nteta says, “I think a lot of Americans are increasingly concerned about what role the Court is playing in our political institutions, and our politics more generally. And I think that’s something that’s going to be mobilizing not just for Democratic constituencies, but for large swaths of Americans.” (GBH, 7/7/23)

The Human Security Lab fosters interdisciplinary research & stakeholder engagement in the service of protecting vulnerable populations around the world. Learn how faculty & students work together to elevate marginalized voices by reading the recent profile written by UMass.