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A national UMass Amherst Poll finds that just 13% of Republicans support Juneteenth being a federal holiday. Overall, 57% of the poll's respondents support teaching the history and significance of the holiday in public schools. (WCVB, 6/15/23; News Office release)

Another national UMass Amherst Poll finds that just 13% of respondents say President Joe Biden is handling the economy “very well.” Respondents give the president an overall approval rating of 44%. (WCVB, 6/16/23; News Office release) (, 6/20/23; News Office release)



Raymond La Raja, political science and co-director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is quoted in an article prior to the House passing the debt ceiling increase examining the impact the debt ceiling negotiations may have on the 2024 presidential campaign. “Most Americans, like the stock markets, assume there’s going to be a deal made,” La Raja says. “I think most of them want a deal. They like a deal. Most people like compromise. It’s the people at the extremes who don’t like compromise.” (The National Desk, 5/31/23)

Reporting showing former U.S. President Donald Trump leading Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in a poll of Maine voters likely to vote in next year’s primary, mentions recent UMass Poll research finding Trump also with a large lead among Massachusetts voters. (Florida Politics, 6/7/23)

An April UMassPoll finding that nearly four in 10 Massachusetts residents have contemplated leaving the state for a more affordable locale is cited in an article by the Boton Globe  on the tax package recently unveiled in the Massachusetts Senate. (Boston Globe, 6/8/23)

Congratulations to Mohsen Jalali for receiving and accepting a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the political science department at Midwestern State University in Texas. He was hired to teach in Global Affairs, American politics and Middle Eastern politics. Congratulations to Mohsen and kudos to his Dissertation Chair, Regine Spector.

Paul Musgrave comments on heightened interest in the foreign policy of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar after Republicans ousted her from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.“Since she came into office, Rep. Omar has been not just an officeholder but a symbol of a diverse country and a broadening of the Democratic caucus. In some ways, she’s sought out a prominent role — but in other ways, it’s her opponents who have made her prominent,” Musgrave says. “Now, she’s freer to act and represent not only her constituents but broader groups precisely because she’s prominent and credible on these issues.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune, Roll Call, 6/8/23)

The UMass Center for Research on Families granted a $5000 dissertation award to PhD Candidate Luz Maria Sanchez. The award will support her writing on the impact of humanitarian diasporic policies on exiled individuals and families. (UMass Center for Research on Families)

Jesse Rhodes, political science and co-director of the UMass Amherst Poll, spoke to students from five area high schools on the theme of voting rights during a Law Day event organized by the Northwestern district attorney’s office at the Hampshire County Courthouse. Rhodes explained why voting matters, highlighting the fact that younger people are much less likely to vote than older people. Eighteen-to-29-year-olds are the most diverse generation in U.S. history, he said, and their political priorities — climate change, racial justice, reproductive rights — are different from those of older generations. (Daily Hampshire Gazette, 5/4/23)

El País, Spain's daily newspaper, has published the article "El mito de la democracia racial" by UMass Political Science PhD Graduate Ana Maria Ospina. Ospina argues that the idea that Colombia is a mestizo nation and that Colombian culture is the happy result of a mixture of cultures prevents critical reflection on the inequalities generated by the historical exploitation of ethnic communities. (El País)

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Outstanding Mentor Award: Camille Barchers, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional planning (LARP), and Meredith Rolfe, associate professor of political science. This award recognizes SBS faculty who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the mentorship of students. (News Office, 05/04/2023)