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Ann Merriam Feinberg ‘68 (Government), counsel at Connecticut Community Foundation, attributes her success in part to a willingness to take some risks and make changes in her life, even if those changes might be uncomfortable at first.

Amel Ahmed, Assistant Professor of Political Science, has received a research grant from the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass to explore the dynamics of 19th century party formation in the US. 

Working with Census and qualitative data, Professor Ahmed seeks to explain the absence of a viable worker's party during the 19th century. "I argue that it was institutional changes early in the 19th century that were responsible for [the lack of such a party]," she says.

Elizabeth Sharrow, Assistant Professor of Political Science and History, has been awarded a 2015-2016 research fellowship from the New England Regional Fellowship Consortium, a part of the Massachusetts Historical Society.

“Without a good education, you don’t know what you don’t know,” says Howard J. Wayne ‘63 (Government), managing partner of Wayne, Richard & Hurwitz, LLC in Boston. “With education, all doors are open for you to walk through.”

UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL), a campus-wide initiative based in the Department of Political Science designed to better support and encourage undergraduate women to pursue public service and public leadership, is pleased to announce the assignment of mentors to its inaugral cohort of undergraduate fellows. 

"Mentoring is a critical component of UWiL," says Michelle Goncalves, executive director. "Our mentors are experts in their fields and role models for the women in our program. We are grateful that they are so willing to share their time and expertise."

Lauren McCarthy, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies, has been named an Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Scholar for 2015-2016.

The ISSR Scholars Program is a competitive fellowship awarded yearly to social science faculty from across the University. It offers guidance and support to faculty as they develop research proposals for external funding and participate in a year-long seminar through the ISSR.

Being told that the US and Canada have different approaches to health care and public health is one thing. Seeing the differences first-hand is quite another.

Yet that is exactly what students in Professor Dean Robinson’s health and health care inequality capstone seminar were able to do this semester when they travelled to Montreal to meet with scholars, medical professionals, and community organizers.

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change, coauthored by Director of Legal Studies and 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellow Paul Collins (with Lori Ringhand), was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2014. 

Paul M. Collins, Associate Professor and Director of Legal Studies, has been namned a 2015 Fellow of the Public Engagement Project.  Paul is one of nine scholars across the University to receive the fellowship.

"We are excited and honored to work with such an accomplished group of scholars," said Amy Schalet, director of the Public Engagement Project. "We were happily overwhelmed by the number and high quality of applicants. There is clearly demand for this new fellowship opportunity." 

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

Congressman Torkildsen’s course, POLISCI 292P Political Leadership, provides a broad overview of public sector leadership as a process.