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Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is quoted in a story about major U.S. companies, including Cisco, Nike, Microsoft and IBM exiting Russia. “What was a trickle is becoming a torrent,” Musgrave says. “This presents opportunities for domestic firms in some markets but even more for brands from China and elsewhere to make inroads.” (Allwork,, 6/23/22;, 6/24/22)

A new UMass Amherst poll on the race for Massachusetts governor shows Attorney General Maura Healey, a Democrat, and Geoff Diehl, a pro-Trump Republican, leading challengers for their respective party nominations by double-digit percentages. “The race to be the Democratic nominee for governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is over, and Maura Healey will be the Democratic Party’s standard bearer this September,” says Tatishe Nteta, associate professor of political science and director of the poll. says of the former state representative. “Diehl’s popularity with Republican primary voters shows that the Trumpification of the GOP is happening even in an arch-liberal state like Massachusetts,” says Jesse Rhodes, professor of political science and associate director of the poll. “Should Diehl win the Republican nomination, though, it’s doubtful such a conservative candidate could win the general election against a strong Democratic candidate.” (WCVB, 6/23/22; Politico, 6/24/22; News Office release)

Tatishe Nteta, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of UMass Poll, is interviewed for a story about what it could look like if California chooses to pay reparations to descendants of enslaved people. (USA Today 6/17/22) 

Master’s student Olivia Amato-Hansen’s research was accepted as a poster to the International Society of Political Psychology’s annual conference in Athens, Greece. Her research is entitled: "From Attitude to Action: Influences of Gender Identity and Political Ideology on Political Beliefs and Collective Action in the United States."


Candice published a piece in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage section on Patriot Front after their march in Boston over Independence Day weekend. She distills her work on right-wing and white nationalist groups, highlighting the threat they pose and showing their effective recruitment strategies. (Washington Post, 7/25/22)

Days after successful defending his dissertation on July 18th, entitled Debris of Progress: A Political Ethnography of Critical Infrastructure, Ethan Tupelo has accepted a one-year position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Critical Social Thought at Hampshire College for the coming academic year. Congratulations Ethan!

Rebecca Hamlin is one of many faculty members awarded a Faculty Research grant this year. She will use it on her project "Understanding Diasporic Citizenship: Courting Colombian Victims Abroad".

The survey of a random sample of 3300 Ukrainian internet users shows a majority of respondents prefer to end the travel ban. Responses are being analyzed by a team of undergraduates at Human Security Lab under the supervision of Professor Carpenter and have formed the backbone of new op-eds and policy memos to the humanitarian community on the protection of civilian men. (Human Security Lab)

Angélica Bernal and Joshua Holst (Colorado College) have published a Debriefing on the two week National Strike and protests called by the country’s powerful Indigenous movement starting June 13, 2022. This briefing draws on Professor Bernal’s ongoing Fulbright research and witness accounts of events the past two weeks, focusing on the extensive violence and repression experienced by Indigenous protesters. (Rethink Politics)

Professors Charli Carpenter and Bernhard Leidner of Human Security Lab won a $200,000 NSF RAPID grant to study Afghan attitudes toward the future of their country, and have published toplines from the voices of over 20,000 Afghan citizens this week. Read more about it and access the toplines on on the Human Security Lab