September 2, 2014

McAllister Publishes Scholarly Edition

cover-McAllister-editionMarie E. McAllister, Professor of English, has published a scholarly edition of Ann Flaxman’s An Uninteresting Detail of a Journey to Rome.

Romantic Circles Electronic Editions, with which McAllister’s book appears, publishes refereed editions of British literature from the late 18th and early 19th-centuries. In 1787 Ann Flaxman set out for France and Italy with her husband, the sculptor John Flaxman. The comically-titled journal she kept during her travels tells the story of a female Grand Tour, something quite rare, and of an extended artist’s visit to Italy, something quite common. Her perceptive and entertaining manuscript, located in the British Library, has been known to scholars but never previously published. The Journey serves as an excellent introduction to English travel writing just before the French Revolution, and to the 18th-century international arts scene. It also reveals the challenges and rewards of being an atypically poor continental traveler and an aspiring woman writer.

Romantic Circles editions include extensive scholarly introductions and appropriate scholarly apparatus for texts edited to the highest editorial standards. They are published in TEI-compliant XML. TEI renders archival quality text for better preservation and future access. Dr. Patrick Murray-John, former Instructional Technology specialist at UMW, assisted with the coding. This project was supported by a UMW faculty development grant and a 2005 sabbatical.

Miriam Liss, Holly Schiffrin Co-Author Book

Miriam Liss, professor of psychology, and Holly Schiffrin, associate professor of psychology, are co-authors of a book “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life.” published this month by Rowman & Littlefield.

Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of “The Myths of Happiness” and “The How of Happiness” writes about the work:

“It’s rare that I read a book and wish that I had written it. Liss and Schiffrin have penned the definitive book on work-life balance—an elegant blend of engaging stories, illuminating examples, and cutting-edge empirical evidence. If you read Lean In and want to dig deeper into the complex terrain of the pitfalls and joys of achieving work-life (or any kind of) balance, this book is for you.

Farnsworth Gives Washington Lecture

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently gave a Washington lecture entitled, “U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation: Public Opinion and News Coverage of International Events,” to visiting journalists from Africa who were part of a recent U.S. State Department International Visitor Leadership Program. The talk was based, in part, on Farnsworth’s recently co-authored book, “The Global President: International Media and the US Government.”

Davidson Publishes Article in Democracy and Security

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason W. Davidson’s article “Heading for the Exits: Democratic Allies and Withdrawal from Iraq and Afghanistan” was recently published by Democracy and Security, a peer-reviewed journal.


Mara Scanlon Publishes Edited Essay Collection

hi-res-jacketDr. Mara Scanlon, Professor of English, has published an essay collection entitled Poetry and Dialogism: Hearing Over. Scanlon co-edited the volume with Dr. Chad Engbers of Calvin College and wrote its introduction. The book, published by Palgrave MacMillan, extends the theoretical conversation on poetry that is oriented toward an Other and contributes as well to ethnic studies, translation studies, and the field of ethics and literature.

Farewell from Janet Cropp

To my UMW colleagues:

Janet Cropp

Janet Cropp

I am retiring on Friday, August 22, after 26 years at the University of Mary Washington. I want to express my appreciation to everyone for a wonderful experience, many lasting friendships, and your willingness to be of assistance to me and to our adult students. I have enjoyed very much obtaining my BLS and MBA degrees here and my career in advising services. As an alum, I will look forward to seeing you at future events. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavors.


Janet Johnson Cropp, MBA ‘06
Assistant Dean of Advising Services
University of Mary Washington
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121 University Boulevard
Fredericksburg, VA 22406
Phone:  540-286-8020
Fax:  540-286-8005

Erchull Honored at APA Convention

At the recent meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Mindy Erchull was a recipient of a Committee for Women in Psychology Leadership Award.  She was recognized as an emerging leader among women in psychology because of her pattern of scholarship, mentorship of undergraduate students and service to the profession.

Harris Talks Top 10 Endangered Artifacts with Schubel

Scott Harris, director of the James Monroe Museum, is featured on Ted Schubel’s internet radio show discussing the museum’s participation in the Top 10 Endangered Artifacts contest. The museum submitted a Louisiana Purchase Bas Relief.

Check out the Interview with Ted Schubel on

Find out more information about the Top 10 Endangered Artifacts and vote for the James Monroe Museum submission on

Melody Denhere Presents at Joint Statistical Meetings

Assistant Professor of Mathematics Melody Denhere recently participated in a special session on Robust Functional Data Analysis at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Boston, Massachusetts. She delivered her presentation titled Robust Methods for the Generalized Functional Linear Model.

Washington Post Reviews Fringe Show

This summer, Cate Brewer, faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance, starred in Monique LaForce’s new work entitled: Isis and Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud in DC’s Capital Fringe Festival. The production was well-received, and according to Jane Horwitz of the Washington Post “Brewer’s Isis commands the Stage.”

Check out the reviews:

Washington Post Review

Washington City Paper Review