UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

November/December 2011

November/December 2011

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faculty The Radical Power of Just Showing Up
"The Arab Spring initiated a jarring series of events in 2011 that illustrate the radical political possibilities of just being present. When the regime won't listen, when being heard as an individual isn't really a viable option, simply standing together and being seen can be profoundly political and empowering," says Jillian Schwedler, Associate Professor of Political Science. Read more...
faculty1 Wing Uses Art to Record Peace and Conflict
Nearly 2,000 murals have been constructed across Northern Ireland/the North of Ireland in the past forty years. “These murals,” says Leah Wing, lecturer in legal studies, “played a role in articulating the political views surrounding the conflict and are now playing a role in the transition to peace." Read more...
faculty1 Schaffner, La Raja Lead iSurvey Senate Poll
Brian Schaffner and Ray La Raja, both associate professors of Political Science, led a political poll of Massachusetts residents regarding the state's senate campaign. The data released is the first from a series of polls conducted through the new iSurvey program, a public opinion polling center based in the Department. Read more...
faculty2 Sulzner Receives Donner Medal in Canadian Studies
George Sulzner, professor emeritus of political science, received the 2011 Donner Medal in Canadian Studies. The award, given by the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS), recognizes distinguished acheivement, scholarship and program innovation in the area of Candadian Studies. Read more...
faculty3 Fountain Appointed Vice Chair of Global Agenda Council on Future of Government
The World Economic Forum has appointed Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain vice chair of the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. "The Council chairs play a crucial role in leading deliberations and ensuring the members' engagement in the process of rethinking and addressing global challenges and risks," says Fountain. Read more...
student Cross-Cutting Political Research Motivates Graduate Student
As a “student of politics,” Tarsi chose UMass because of the diversity of political science perspectives supported here: “I wanted to be in a department where faculty would encourage scholarship across traditional subfield lines and be open to different methodological approaches.” Read More...
student Glaun '12, Shamey '13 Represent UMass at SCUSA
Daniel Glaun ’12 and Nicholas Shamey ’13 were selected to represent the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Department of Political Science at the Student Conference on US Affairs (SCUSA) at West Point in November 2011. Organized by the US Military Academy, SCUSA is the largest and most prestigious conference of its kind. Read more...



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Hard Work Lands Alum at Dept. of Homeland Security
Philip McNamara ’97 is executive secretary for Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He and his team draft decision memos, gather information, and sketch briefings for the secretary and deputy secretary. “My desk sees paper, lots and lots of paper,” he says. “If the material is going before the Secretary, more than likely it stops on my desk first."Read more...


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Fountain Keynotes UN Conference on e-Government in Asia and the Pacific

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