News and Events

First Director of Legal Studies Hired

Paul M. Collins, Jr. has been hired as the first director of Legal Studies and will shape the future of the popular undergraduate major that is part of the Political Science Department.

Economy Will Benefit from Immigration Reform

Robert L. Caret, president of UMass, and Paul Guzzi, president of the Boston Chamber of Commerce, have written an op-ed in the Capitol Hill newspaper, The Hill.

New Chair of Journalism Selected

Kathy Forde, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina, has been appointed chair of the UMass Journalism Department.

Thinking—and Acting—Strategically About a Career in Public Policy

Andrew McGavern ’13 (political science) is making the most of opportunities at UMass, including impressive internships, the Accelerated Master of Public Policy Program, scholarships, and various student development offices.

Assistant Director of Career Planning to Help SBS Students

Rebecca Bell has been hired to help SBS students make connections to practical experiences.

UMass Funds Fastest-growing Category of Student Financial Aid

The University of Massachusetts expects this year to direct $148 million of its own funds toward financial aid for students.

Political Scientist Jane Fountain Appointed Distinguished Professor

Trustees appoint Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), director of the National Center for Digital Government, a Distinguished Professor.

Acclaimed Economist Leads the Way to Better Policies for Africa

The societal issues that stand between many African countries and economic stability vary, but according to economist Léonce Ndikumana, strong public policy can lay the framework for more equal, inclusive development across the continent.

Alums Beat Hollywood Odds to Make a "Life of a King"

Classmates Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism) and David Scott '94 (journalism/political science) are the co-writers, along with director Jake Goldberger, for the film, “Life of a King,” starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., which opens on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

Blanchflower to Play in Senior Bowl

Tight end Rob Blanchflower '14 (communication) has accepted an invitation to take part in the 2014 Senior Bowl.

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