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Welcome to the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst! We are a vibrant community of scholars and students who share a passion for understanding the complex world of politics and law. Our department is committed to advancing knowledge and fostering critical thinking about the pressing issues of our time, from local challenges to global crises.

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Human Security Lab Publishes Pathbreaking Finding from Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan
The Human Security Lab team is excited to report their first scientific paper from Human Security Lab's Afghan Voices project that will be published next week in the prestigious open-access science journal PLOS ONE.
July 10, 2024
Raymond La Raja interviewed about President Joe Biden’s speech at the opening of the NATO summit in Washington
Raymond La Raja, political science and co-director of the UMass Amherst Poll, is interviewed about President Joe Biden’s speech at the opening of the NATO summit in Washington on Tuesday and divisions in the Democratic Party regarding Biden’s reelection bid. “He delivered a good speech. He looked
July 10, 2024
Paul Collins Garners Second C. Herman Pritchett Best Book Award
Paul M. Collins, Jr., Professor of Legal Studies and Political Science, has been honored for the second time with the C. Herman Pritchett Award from the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes Collins’ book “ Supreme Bias: Gender and Race in U.S
July 2, 2024