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In an article in the New Yorker, Ahmed discusses the challenges presented by "a politician who will do anything to win, and a party too weak to stop him." (New Yorker, 11/27/20)

Outgoing State Rep. Aaron Vega, a lecturer in political science, has been named director of Holyoke’s Office of Planning and Economic Development. He will assume the position in January. (MassLive, 11/12/20)

The Retired Faculty Association meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, featured political scientists Ray La Raja and Alexander Theodoridis, presenting “National Elections Analysis.” Before the discussion of election results, Tyrone Parham, assistant vice chancellor and chief of police at the UMass Amherst, will talk about “Policing a Diverse Community.” (UMass News, 11/06/2020)

Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, moderated a webinar on green infrastructure as an equitable and effective tool to address the climate crisis, environmental justice, and sustainable growth. The event was held on Friday, Nov. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. EST. (UMass News, 11/13/2020)

In an article entitled, "The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald’s Peace Theory," Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst writes, "We can no longer take for granted the idea that the United States—or any other country—will be bound to be a responsible stakeholder. It’s time to begin thinking about what the next era of world politics will look like." (Foreign Policy, 11/26/20)

Sonia Alvarez will be delivering a keynote at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Brazilian Association of Research and Post-Graduate Studies in the Social Sciences, ANPOCS, to be held online between 1-11 December 2020. For more information, please visit:

An article about President-elect Joe Biden’s early cabinet selections quotes Paul Musgrave, political science, from a 2018 article in Vox. At the time, Musgrave said Rex Tillerson, the first secretary of state in the Trump administration, “would be at or near the bottom of the list of secretaries of state, not just in the post-Second World War world but in the record of US secretaries of state.” (Vogue, 11/24/20)


“Operationalizing Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Ethical Principles in the Application of Technology to Dispute Resolution Systems and Practice” (October 22, 2020).

Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, is quoted in an article exploring the ways Pennsylvania’s 20 presidential electors can – and cannot – potentially influence the outcome of the presidential election when they meet in December to ostensibly cast their votes for President-elect Biden.

In an article entitled “Past Presidents, Presidential Legacies, and the Future of the United States,” Paul Musgrave, Assistant Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst, writes, “Presidents’ views of the future structure their choices in the present. Often that is for the good, as when a historically minded president shies away from a rash course of action because of fears about how such an action might look to posterity."