UMass Amherst Department of Political Science

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The Department of Political Science and Program in Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is comprised of 36 full-time faculty and two undergraduate majors, Political Science and Legal Studies. The Department also offers a graduate program in Political Science with 70 active PhD students. We are part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, one of nine colleges of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Carnegie Research I university. The flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. The University offers 88 bachelor's degree programs, 73 master’s and 53 doctoral programs in 10 schools and colleges. If you need to speak with an adivisor, please request an appointment at the following link: https://server17.securedata-trans.com/ap/umassamherstdeptofpoliticalscience/index.php?page=10

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Join us for a talk, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm, with Trans Asylum Seeker: Keysha Sol and Joelle Bueno,...
04/05/2021
Seeking Asylum: Trans Experiences and Mutual Aid in Western Massachusetts | Department of Political Science | UMass Amherst

Join us for a talk, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm, with Trans Asylum Seeker: Keysha Sol and Joelle Bueno, Member of the Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network (TASSN).

Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Migration Working Group and UMass Amherst Center for Law, Justice and Society.

https://polsci.umass.edu/event/seeking-asylum-trans-experiences-and-mutual-aid-western-massachusetts

Event date/time: Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pmPlace: Online Via Zoom Join us for a talk with Trans Asylum Seeker: Keysha Sol and Joelle Bueno, Member of the Trans Asylum Seeker Support Network (TASSN). Sponsored by the UMass Amherst Migration Working Group and UMass Amherst Center f...

UMass Amherst Researchers Find Growing Support for College Athletes to Share in Profits of NCAA SportsSixty percent say ...
04/05/2021
Toplines and Crosstabs April 2021 Support for College Athletes to Share in Profits of NCAA Sports | Department of Political Science | UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst Researchers Find Growing Support for College Athletes to Share in Profits of NCAA Sports

Sixty percent say college athletes should share the profit of their name, image or likeness and nearly half say they should share in profit from broadcast rights fees.
http://polsci.umass.edu/toplines-and-crosstabs-april-2021-support-college-athletes-share-profits-ncaa-sports

April 2, 2021 Poll Contact: Tatishe Nteta UMass Amherst Researchers Find Growing Support for College Athletes to Share in Profits of NCAA Sports Sixty percent say college athletes should share the profit of their name, image or likeness and nearly half say they should share in profit from broadcast....

A team of UMass Amherst researchers from the Department of Political Science and the Legal Studies Program has been awar...
03/26/2021
Political Scientists Collins, Rice and Rhodes Receive NSF Funding to Study Law and Legality in LGBTQ+ Media | College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

A team of UMass Amherst researchers from the Department of Political Science and the Legal Studies Program has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Science Program to study law and legality in LGBTQ+ media.
https://www.umass.edu/sbs/news/law-and-legality-lgbtq-media-political-scientists-collins-rice-and-rhodes-receive-nsf-funding-study-?mc_cid=8e0eddf603&mc_eid=1613dc78f6

A team of UMass Amherst researchers from the Department of Political Science and the Legal Studies Program has been awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Law and Science Program to study law and legality in LGBTQ+ media.

Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, says Democrats in the U.S. Senate have to act fast to app...
03/26/2021
Biden Can Make Mark on Judiciary with Trial Court Appointments

Sheldon Goldman, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, says Democrats in the U.S. Senate have to act fast to approve Biden’s judicial nominees while they still hold a slim majority.
https://news.bloomberglaw.com/us-law-week/biden-can-make-mark-on-judiciary-with-trial-court-appointments

President Joe Biden soon is expected to announce his first judicial nominations, and much attention is focused on the potential elevation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Rebecca Hamlin, political science, comments in an article about Republicans in Congress who are criticizing President Bi...
03/17/2021
First batch of asylum seekers waiting in Mexico allowed into US

Rebecca Hamlin, political science, comments in an article about Republicans in Congress who are criticizing President Biden’s response to the recent increase in people trying to cross the southern border into the United States.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/19/first-batch-of-asylum-seekers-waiting-in-mexico-allowed-into-us

In a reversal of a Trump-era policy, more than 25,000 asylum seekers will be allowed to pursue their claims in the US.

Recent UMass Poll findings are cited in an article reporting that 30% of Massachusetts State Police employees have not r...
03/17/2021
State Police were offered COVID-19 vaccines at work. Hundreds have declined to get them - The Boston Globe

Recent UMass Poll findings are cited in an article reporting that 30% of Massachusetts State Police employees have not received COVID-19 vaccinations at department-run clinics.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/15/nation/state-police-were-offered-covid-19-vaccines-work-hundreds-have-declined-get-them/

Although the Baker administration has rejected calls for teacher-specific clinics, arguing it could divert doses from other needy populations amid a tight supply, the state created three State Police vaccination sites for troopers and other first responders during the earlier stage of the rollout.

A new UMass Amherst/WCVB poll of Massachusetts residents finds support for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has erod...
03/17/2021
Support for Baker amid pandemic plummets in new poll - The Boston Globe

A new UMass Amherst/WCVB poll of Massachusetts residents finds support for Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has eroded as he considers running for a third term, dropping from a high of 78% in August 2020 to 52%.
https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/03/16/metro/support-baker-plummets-new-umasswcvb-tv-poll/

Governor Charlie Baker, who for years has been one of the country’s most popular governors, has lost a third of his support amid widespread criticism of the state’s handing of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a poll from UMass Amherst and WCVB-TV released Monday.

In a women’s success feature in Face 2 Face Africa, soccer player Briana Scurry is profiled. Scurry remains the only Bla...
03/03/2021
No one ever played better than Briana Scurry, the first Black woman to be elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame - Face2Face Africa

In a women’s success feature in Face 2 Face Africa, soccer player Briana Scurry is profiled. Scurry remains the only Black female soccer player to be inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. She has been immortalized in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in different capacities, notably among the Title IX exhibit. Scurry earned an athletic scholarship to UMass Amherst, and majored in political science. While in college, Scurry was the 1993 National Collegiate Goalkeeper of the Year.
https://face2faceafrica.com/article/no-one-ever-played-better-than-briana-scurry-the-first-black-woman-to-be-elected-to-the-national-soccer-hall-of-fame

Briana Scurry is women's soccer history personified who has many accolades including the first Black female starting player in the 90s.

Amber Vayo, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, writes in Ms. Magazine about hospitals pushing pregnant women into u...
03/02/2021
The U.S.'s Maternity Care Consent Problem: Pregnant Women Deserve a Choice - Ms. Magazine

Amber Vayo, a Ph.D. candidate in political science, writes in Ms. Magazine about hospitals pushing pregnant women into unnecessary cesarean sections through policies known as vaginal-birth-after-cesarean.
https://msmagazine.com/2021/02/22/vaginal-birth-after-cesarean-vbac-bans-maternity-care-consent-pregnant-women-choice/?omhide=true&emci=293ed9b1-5d75-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&emdi=9ea98b6b-6b75-eb11-9889-00155d43c992&ceid=450798

The safety of VBAC has been well-documented—so why do so many U.S. hospitals and providers ban pregnant people from giving birth vaginally?

03/02/2021

Roger Lau, a 2000 graduate of the UMass Amherst Department of Political Science, has been hired to the Democratic National Convention (DNC) leadership team. Lau managed Senator Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 democratic presidential campaign. “The Democratic Party is stronger today thanks to the thousands of campaign staffers that [Roger Lau] has hired, trained, and mentored,” Senator Warren said in a tweet about Lau’s hiring.
https://www.umass.edu/sbs/news/roger-lau-dnc-new-hire-elizabeth-warren-presidential-campaign-manager-boston-globe-profile?mc_cid=1365a5f91d&mc_eid=1613dc78f6

02/23/2021

Online Dispute Resolution Forum 2021
Virtual Gathering March 1st-2nd
10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm EST (U.S).
The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution is hosting its annual international Online Dispute Resolution Forum. This spring it will be a two day online conference in part to celebrate the new edition of the seminal volume of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) scholarship, ODR Theory and Practice. The agenda will feature many of the authors of chapters in the new book, as well as a deep dive on AI, Dispute System Design, and ODR.
Check out the agenda for the ODR Forum at odr.info
Some highlights include:
*A Keynote on Artificial Intelligence (AI), bias, and ODR
*The first readout from a Pew-funded academic ODR research project (the University of Arizona’s Innovation for Justice Program)
*A talk from the CEO of Niti Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India that is leading the charge on Republic of India’s national ODR rollout
*Alongside many other presentations from the global leaders in ODR.
We hope to see you there!
To register (for free) and add your name to the mailing list, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/zytse5wiLhyjJrP68
[The conference will be archived at odr.info]

Online Dispute Resolution Forum 2021Virtual Gathering March 1st-2nd10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm EST (U.S).The National Center for ...
02/20/2021
ODR Virtual Forum 2021

Online Dispute Resolution Forum 2021
Virtual Gathering March 1st-2nd
10am-1pm & 4pm-7pm EST (U.S).

The National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution is hosting its annual international Online Dispute Resolution Forum. This spring it will be a two day online conference in part to celebrate the new edition of the seminal volume of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) scholarship, ODR Theory and Practice. The agenda will feature many of the authors of chapters in the new book, as well as a deep dive on AI, Dispute System Design, and ODR.
Check out the agenda for the ODR Forum at odr.info
Some highlights include:
*A Keynote on Artificial Intelligence (AI), bias, and ODR
*The first readout from a Pew-funded academic ODR research project (the University of Arizona’s Innovation for Justice Program)
*A talk from the CEO of Niti Aayog, the policy think tank of the Government of India that is leading the charge on Republic of India’s national ODR rollout
*Alongside many other presentations from the global leaders in ODR.

We hope to see you there!

To register (for free) and add your name to the mailing list, please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/zytse5wiLhyjJrP68

[The conference will be archived at odr.info]

Please add your name and email below to register for the NCTDR ODR Virtual Forum March 1-2, 2021

A columnist disagrees with an article published last week by Raymond La Raja, political science. La Raja argued that the...
02/10/2021
Push for as much transparency as possible - CommonWealth Magazine

A columnist disagrees with an article published last week by Raymond La Raja, political science. La Raja argued that the push for more transparency in the legislative process could backfire on advocates.
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/opinion/push-for-as-much-transparency-as-possible/

UMASS AMHERST political science professor Raymond La Raja argues in an opinion piece for CommonWealth that transparency in the legislative process is often not a good thing. Say what? La Raja contends that deep transparency tends to give power to lobbyists to press their demands. “With the slighte...

Raymond La Raja, political science, has written an opinion column warning that the push by reformers at Act on Mass and ...
02/09/2021
In defense of politics in the Massachusetts General Court - CommonWealth Magazine

Raymond La Raja, political science, has written an opinion column warning that the push by reformers at Act on Mass and the Mass Fiscal Alliance to make the Massachusetts General Court – our state Legislature – more transparent, may backfire.
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/the-upload/in-defense-of-politics-in-the-massachusetts-general-court/

THERE HAS BEEN a push by reformers at Act on Mass and the Mass Fiscal Alliance to make the Massachusetts General Court – our state Legislature – more transparent. At the top of their list is a reform to make votes in committees publicly available. This sounds good on its face. Transparency is es...

A piece in The National Interest takes a look at whether the Republican Party is still the party of Donald Trump. “Repub...
02/01/2021
Is the Republican Party Still Trump’s Party?

A piece in The National Interest takes a look at whether the Republican Party is still the party of Donald Trump. “Republicans in Congress are still calibrating the potential blowback for criticizing Trump. I think many dislike the constraints imposed on them by Trumpian populism. They may even believe Trump committed impeachable offenses. But they face a fiery Trumpian base in their next primary,” Raymond La Raja, political science, said. “You are seeing them retreat to the Trump fold after hearing loudly and aggressively from Trump’s base in their home states.”

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/republican-party-still-trump’s-party-177211

Mitch McConnell, who previously said that Trump “provoked” the violence that cannoned the Capitol, voted to support Paul’s claims of the impeachment being unconstitutional. McConnell faced state-level political friction as Kentucky’s Nelson County Republican Party recently voted to censure h...

Professor Charli Carpenter was featured in the 50th Anniversary issue of Foreign Policy. Her article, "When US Foreign P...
01/27/2021
When U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong

Professor Charli Carpenter was featured in the 50th Anniversary issue of Foreign Policy. Her article, "When US Foreign Policy Went Wrong," analyses the worst foreign policy ideas of the past 50 years and offers an analytical blueprint for evaluating foreign policy. Citing numerous political science studies including those of UMass Polsci professors Paul Musgrave and Meredith Loken, she argues that "perhaps the very worst U.S. foreign-policy idea of the past 50 years has been the abandonment of the myriad good ideas America once fought for—and the institutions that promote them." In a live webinar @ Foreign Policy magazine with Dan Drezner this week on the future of foreign policy, Carpenter also provided views on the events at the Capitol on January 6. "It's right to be unsettled, this was a sacred civic temple being invaded, but I think what we saw was also very heartening: bipartisan repudiation of this behavior instantly, electoral votes were counted, instigators were sanctioned including the President. I would argue our institutions are surprisingly resilient and we may be witnessing the birth pangs of a more perfect union that many of us aspire to."

https://foreignpolicy.com/2021/01/15/worst-ideas-past-50-years-foreign-policy/

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Ed Ryan, Candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles, 2022 171 South Gless Street Los Angeles, California 90033 (323)-685-0416, email, [email protected] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 8/19/20 From: Ed Ryan To: Massachusetts Governor Baker Re: Investigation of UMASS President Marty Meehan Dear Governor Baker, I’m a UMASS alum 82. UMASS President, Marty Meehan should be investigated for efforts wrongly use UMASS to smear congressional candidate Alex Morse with homophobic tropes. Morse is a proponent of single payer universal health care, and Marty Meehan is employed as Director of Blue Cross-Blue Shield along with being President of UMASS. The results Meehan’s conflict is bad for UMASS. An investigation and possible termination of Meehan is called for. UMASS student allies of Congressman Neal have spent months trying to gain access to the private dating apps used by Mayor Morse, and to use the information to effectuate a smear. Recently, Boston Attorney, and former health insurance executive, James Roosevelt surreptitiously assisted students loyal to Congressman Neal in composing a letter containing innuendo and exaggerations. The letter was used by the UMASS Collegian to do a smear story in the days just prior to the primary. Furthermore, it’s probable that President Meehan knew of, an even invited Roosevelt to get involve with the UMASS students to craft the above-mentioned letter. I say this because protocol between two elite insurance executives would surely include notice or being invited. UMASS now retains Counsel to continue investigating Morse. Yet, it’s clear that Morse has been a victim of a yearlong effort to smear. Governor Baker, do not let the Great University of Massachusetts be degraded by a cabal of greedy corporate executives, and their hired guns, all who are bent on elitist notion of preserving the present insurance based health system even though millions of American are denied coverage. UMASS is better than that, and you, Governor Baker are better than that. Thank You. Sincerely, Ed Ryan [email protected] 4138635592
We are trying to recruit students from across the Five Colleges to participate as staffers for our conference. We are looking for Chairs, Vice Chairs, and conference Staffers. They would be responsible for attending all committee sessions during the conference weekend (March 6-8 2020) and attending a training session. We think that the students in your department would be great candidates for our conference. Can you please share with the rest of the students in your department? Here is the link to the application which closes on January 31st: https://forms.gle/b5TGV56hhoRJDDF1A Please email the Under Secretary Generals Mallory Linn ([email protected]) or Hannah Pozzebon ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Thank you so much.
A 2018 paper by Professor @TatisheNteta & colleagues addressing white political polarization in the 2016 presidential election was cited in a recent @nytimes article
Please join us for the 14th Annual Dean Alfange Jr. Lecture in American Constitutionalism featuring Nadine Strossen, former President of the ACLU TODAY! September 27, 2018 @ 4pm Old Chapel, Great Room
Research by Professors Schaffner & Rhodes, on the number of Obama’s voters from 2012 who switched to the Republican side in 2016 is cited in an article about the Democratic party’s platform priorities. Check it out!
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We are excited to present the spring schedule for the Five College Seminar in Legal Studies! Light refreshments will be served at these talks. Locations will be announced ASAP. Monday, March 26, 4:30: Pinky Hota, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Smith College Title: Legalizing Doubt: Laws Banning Religious Conversion in India Location: (TBA) Wednesday, April 11, 4:30: Leah Wing, Senior Lecturer II in Legal Studies and Co-director of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, University of Massachusetts Amherst Title: Lack of/Access to Justice Magnified: Ethics, AI and Online Dispute Resolution Location: UMass (Room TBA) Monday, April 23, 4:30: César Pérez-Lizasuain, Instructor of Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst Title: Neoliberal Law, Governmentality and De-democratization as Disaster “Management” in the Aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico Location: UMass (Room TBA) Monday, April 30, 4:30: Angelica Bernal, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst Title: Populist Constitutionalism in Latin America Location: UMass (Room TBA)