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A new paper co-authored by Brian F. Schaffner, Tatishe M. Nteta, political science, and Matthew MacWilliams, finds that racism and sexism were key drivers in identifying supporters of Republican Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election.The research says these two factors correlated much more closely to support for Trump than economic anxiety or other issues. Read more of this story here.

Paul Musgrave, assistant professor of political science, University of Massachusetts joins BNN to discuss whether the recent spat between the U.S. and Russia could resurrect old tensions between the two countries or whether Trump will extend a friendly hand to Russia.

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On Thursday, December 15, 2016 - Faculty at the UMass College of Social and Behavioral Sciences are undertaking vital research to offer solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. These faculty are avid writers and researchers who are often called upon by press for their expertise. Below is a summary of the publications and interviews of our faculty in just the past week. 


Department Faculty in the National News

Political Science and Legal Studies faculty and graduate students have been highly visible in the national news. Posted below is a selection of their op-eds and commentaries on current political issues recently published in major national news outlets.

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We are delighted to announce that Amel Ahmed, Associate Professor of Political Science, has been appointed as the next SBS Director of Diversity Advancement. Her appointment will begin in January 2017.

Recently, New York magazine set the Internet on fire with a piece speculating that hacked voting machines may have tipped November’s presidential election.

On Oct. 30, the Chicago Cubs were down three games to one, just a loss away from blowing their chance at a first World Series championship in more than a century. Analysts said the Cubs’ chances were only 13 to 15 percent. “The Cubs have a smaller chance of winning than Trump does,” announced FiveThirtyEight, which put Trump’s chances at 21 percent.

A large collection of students, staff, and faculty came together in the Cape Cod Lounge on November 8th to watch the live election results. The event fostered ongoing political conversation and provided participants with a place to share the experience of watching history in the making.

Please join us is congratulating Alix Olson, a doctoral candidate in our program, on her recent awards and accomplishments: 

Please mark your calendars so you can be sure to join us for this unique Political Theory graduate alumni lecture series. A flyer of the complete series is attached, for your convenience.