The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Governance and Society

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  • Safeguarding Democracy

    UMass Poll's innovative methods increase voter independence

    Outside of elections, polls are one of the surest ways for voters to get the attention of their elected officials and have their voices heard. But in an age of increasing partisanship, how do... More

  • Computing for the Common Good

    UMass computer scientists create technology to do good in the world

    In 2017, when Professor Laura Haas was recruited to lead the campus’s newly created College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS), she knew she wanted to distinguish the college in some way. “I... More

  • Partisan Politics

    Political scientist exposes how partisanship is changing American politics

    During his sophomore year of college, UMass Amherst political science professor Paul Musgrave awoke to a changed world. “I remember a Tuesday morning I was sleeping in because I didn’t have any early... More

  • Building a Just Society

    Educator challenges institutions to rethink attitudes rooted in oppression

    Growing up as a first-generation American in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn, Jamila Lyiscott learned how to navigate the contrasts between her family’s Caribbean background and an... More