In the Media

After New York’s electoral upset, eyes turn to Massachusetts ›

Associated Press | July 08, 2018
Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe says unsettled political times mean few free rides for incumbents. He says Rep. Michael Capuano isn't taking his race against Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley lightly: "The lesson of the 2016 election at the highest level is all things are possible."

New York stunner rattles Capuano primary ›

POLITICO | June 27, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s shock victory over New York Rep. Joe Crowley “opens up people’s minds" in terms of Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley’s campaign to upset Rep. Michael Capuano this fall.

Galvin gets a reality check, amid a series of mishaps in Secretary of State race ›

The Boston Globe | June 05, 2018
Speaking about Secretary of State Bill Galvin’s loss of the state Democratic endorsement to Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham said, “I don’t think there’s patience with this old way of doing things anymore.”

As Donoghue, other women move on, Senate feels loss ›

Lowell Sun | June 03, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says the loss of women in the state Senate this legislative session will be felt. "Anytime there's women who leave the state Senate, that's a loss that will be felt in terms of policy outcomes and what makes it on the policy agenda," she said.

There’s a bill that would rein in Charlie Baker’s fund-raising, but Democrats aren’t touching it ›

The Boston Globe | May 30, 2018
Democrats have yet to take advantage of the fund-raising loopholes. Says Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham: “It is the Democrats that could do something, but they don’t, and that’s because there is a lack of salience over the issue of money in politics."

Political pipeline urged for Mass. women ›

Telegram & Gazette | April 30, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien spoke at the League of Women Voters Conference, “Beyond the March - Women: Leading the Way in Massachusetts,” on Saturday.

So far, State Police scandal is not a roadblock for Charlie Baker ›

The Boston Globe | April 04, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says the way Governor Charlie Baker announced changes to the Massachusetts State Police was particularly smart: "He looked like the executive taking strong action as a Mr. Fix-it.”

Deval Patrick Weighing 2020 White House Bid ›

Associated Press | March 11, 2018
Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe says it's reasonable for former governor Deval Patrick to consider a run for president. "He was able to leave office on his own terms, rather than be defeated," Watanabe said. "His electoral success is something that's a big plus for him."

These women are leading the charge against Trump in Mass. ›

The Boston Globe | March 03, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says there are "superstars" emerging in politics, such as Ayanna Pressley, the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, who is trying to oust Representative Michael E. Capuano from the seat he’s held since 1999.

Uncovering Political Dark Money ›

NECN | February 22, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham talks to The Take host Sue O'Connell about dark money, which Cunningham describes as "vast sums of money contributed to political campaigns that is untraceable."