In the Media

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."

Mass. Fiscal Alliance’s hollow defense of dark money ›

CommonWealth Magazine | February 15, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham writes in this opinion piece, "Citizens have a right to understand who is spending all that money trying to influence them."

How to start fixing democracy with the $1.50-a-week tax cut Paul Ryan gave you ›

USA Today | February 14, 2018
Senior Statistician Jie Chen and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Thomas Ferguson calculated Donald Trump's total contributions and loans to his campaign through the entire election cycle. Their findings suggest that a tidal wave of dark money in the final weeks pushed Trump to victory.

Citizenship question raises fears about census ›

Salem News | February 10, 2018
Assistant Professor of Political Science Luis Jiménez says if the census count is off, the state stands to lose a lot of money.

The group behind Question 2 (yes, from 2016) has been shuttered ›

The Boston Globe | February 08, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Maurice Cunningham says Families for Excellent Schools-Advocacy having to disclose its donors was a big blow: "Getting the plutocrats’ identities exposed after promising them secrecy must have had the Financial Privatization Cabal erupting in fury.”

Proposed bill to categorizing Asian Americans stirs debate ›

The Boston Globe | February 07, 2018
Professor of Political Science Paul Watanabe says opponents to a State House effort to categorize Asian Americans into specific ethnic groups include new Chinese immigrants who are conservative, distrustful of the government, and skeptical of the Census.

Mass Delegation to DACA: Republicans control your fate ›

The Boston Globe | February 06, 2018
Associate Professor of Political Science Erin O'Brien says Democrats don't have much leverage when it comes to fighting the March 5 end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program: “They are not listening to the left of their party the way Republicans are bowing to the right of theirs.”