The founders of this blog, Maurice T. Cunningham of UMassBoston, Jerold Duquette of Central Connecticut State University, and Peter Ubertaccio of Stonehill College are all political science professors with great passion and curiosity for Massachusetts politics. Each of us reads a great deal about the commonwealth’s government and politics, from daily newspapers and blogs to think tank reports and government documents. In addition we each read widely in the literature of our field and we aim to bring political science more into the mainstream of discussions about Massachusetts politics. We’d like to make this contribution on a loose model of themonekycage.org which has brought political science principles more fully into public dialogues across the subfields of political science (international relations, comparative politics, political theory, and American politics). We will post links to articles by political scientists, scholars from other disciplines, and other reports that might bear on our own state’s politics, and comment on them. We will post snippets of our own research as it develops in hopes of garnering suggestions (enlivening our intellectual inquiry and preventing us from too many errors).
We’ll try to extend the commentary of the day in ways that go beyond the daily news or partisan commentary. For example, when Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley in 2010 the pollster commissioned by the AFL-CIO to find out what went wrong termed the election “a working class” revolt. Perhaps it was, but we might also take issue with the definition of “working class” that was used.
Some of the time we’ll simply react to events in a way that reflects our own intellectual interests with remarks that might not be fully developed. That’s a good way to get into trouble but we hope readers will not be shy in correcting us.
This is a blog about Massachusetts politics but we’ll all weigh in on occasion on matters that involve national politics. So expect some commentary on our congressional delegation, and on national issues. Since Professor Duquette has written on baseball’s antitrust exemption, we’ll feel free to offer the Red Sox advice when Theo Epstein is in need. Professor Ubertaccio is a leading innovator in travel-learning courses so expect some posts on the pedagogy of political science.
We’re doing this to have some fun. We don’t plan to notify readers of our kids’ school field trips but if something interesting happens outside of the discipline of political science (remote as that likelihood may be) it is fair game.
That should about cover it. Come back often, and post comments. Thanks for visiting masspoliticsprofs.com.