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Rebecca Hamlin's 2021 book "Crossing: How We Label and React to People on the Move" (Stanford University Press) was awarded the 2022 Thomas & Znaniecki Best Book Award for the best book on the topic of international migration published in 2020 or 2021 from the American Sociological Association.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Justice, Law, and Societies co-sponsored an event with a variety of panelists that engaged in a lively conversation around the history, present, and future of Roe v. Wade, including the politicization of the Supreme Court, 14th amendment legal issues, impacts on immigrant and BIPOC communities, local activism, and the future of medical abortion amid increasing state restrictions.

The timely national poll shows a plurality of Americans are unhappy with indications that the court is prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade, and want Congress to pass a law legalizing abortion in all 50 states. (WCVBUMass Poll)

"As soon as this is perceived as or appears to be a strictly partisan affair and an attack on the Republican Party as an institution, then you're going to see a lot of resistance or skepticism," says Jesse Rhodes, professor of political science and assistant director of UMass Amherst Poll - READ MORE 


Alexander Theodoridis, associate director of UMass Amherst Poll, comments on the belief by many that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump. "Partisans view the other side as morally bankrupt and capable of anything. This makes it nearly impossible to correct even the most egregious pieces of misinformation," says Theodoridis. READ MORE 

News coverage of the Jan. 6 Select Committee hearings cited the UMass Amherst Poll that asked of respondents’ views on the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection. (NewsNation Pt.1/Pt.2Axios, News Office release 6/9/22)

Poll data from UMass Poll is cited in A New York Times article as the reason why centrist Democrats contend that support for defunding the police by some of the members of their party have undermined re-election chances for moderate House Democrats in purple districts. (The New York Times, 6/8/22)

An analysis of former President Donald Trump facing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the 2024 election mentions UMass Poll findings that 55% of Republican voters continue to support Trump as the first choice for the GOP nominee. (The Yeshiva World, 6/8/22)

An article about upcoming hearings for the Jan. 6 riot says the UMass Poll has found 48% of Americans want to move on from discussions of the Capitol insurrection. (The Washington Times, 6/8/22)

There are number of articles about the recent UMass Amherst Poll that asked of respondents’ views on the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection in advance of the primetime Congressional hearings scheduled to begin that week. (The Washington PostThe HillWWLP-TV 22Nexstar Media WireYahoo!NewsThe HillNews Office release, 6/6/22)


Professor Ray LaRaja, along with Ph.D alums Mia Costa and Zach Albert write about the republican primary for an open U.S. Senate seat in Ohio won by Trump-endorsed candidate J.D. Vance, who earned less than a third of the votes in a crowded field. Their analysis finds that ranked-choice voting alone wouldn’t have significantly changed the result, but nonpartisan first round election, allowing the top four vote-getters to advance to the general election, might have made a difference. (The Washington Post, 5/13/22)

Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science at UMass Amherst writes about how gerrymandering and declining electoral competition threaten democracy. "Politicians are using new tools to make elections increasingly uncompetitive" she adds. (The Progressive Magazine, 6/3/22)

Rebecca Hamlin (PI), along with collaborators Jamie Rowen and Luz Maria Sanchez Duque were awarded a Faculty Research Grant in the amount of $20,000 for their project “Understanding Diasporic Citizenship: Courting Colombian Victims Abroad.”

Working through the Center of Justice, Law, and Society, faculty members Youngmin Yi (sociology), Cindy Xiong (psychology & computer science), Jamie Rowen (legal studies), and Joshua Kaiser (sociology) received an IDS seed grant to better understand how data and data-driven institutional reforms affect institutional efficacy and legitimacy. The $15,000 award will support a research assistant in answering working with administrative data from the Northwestern District Attorney's Office to answer where and how in the prosecutorial process to disparities exist. This research is part of a larger project aimed at addressing discretion in prosecution and the limits of institutional change. (UMass, Institute of Diversity Sciences)