February 24, 2024

Farnsworth Recognized for Outstanding Research


Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth

The Eastern Communication Association has recognized Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, for outstanding research at its recent conference in Baltimore. Professor Farnsworth’s award-winning research paper, “Political Consequences of Late-Night Humor: Learning about Politics Via Political Comedy,” was named a best research paper in political communication at the regional conference. The paper will be part of Professor Farnsworth’s upcoming co-authored book, Late Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency, which is under contract to Routledge.

Farnsworth also has appeared in a host of recent media mentions, including:
Youngkin walks rather than runs from abortion issue (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“If you’re Glenn Youngkin, you may want to change the subject, but Democrats won’t let you,” said Stephen Farnsworth, political analyst at the University of Mary Washington. “Pro-life politics is poison in the suburbs, and that’s where elections are won and lost.”
Familiar faces duke it out in primary battles over new Va. Senate maps (The Washington Post)“If you’re in the House of Delegates, the first Senate election after a redistricting is always going to be an optimal time for trying to move up,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “That is doubly true this election cycle.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2023/04/11/virginia-elections-primary-democrat-republican/

Backlash Over Expulsion of Tennessee Democrats (CTV News)

“Well, I think the problem is that America is so divided that you can do things that are really damaging to democracy and not really suffer all of that much of a consequence for it.
Latest General Assembly retirement contributes to generational change (VPM)
“That is an immense change in the Legislature — much larger than we’ve seen in many other cycles,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a politics professor at the University of Mary Washington.
Dr. Stephen Farnsworth: The Wildest Election for Governor in Virginia’s History (Pod Virginia)
Dr. Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington joins the show to discuss the 1965 election for Virginia’s governor–tracking the fall of the Byrd Machine in the wake of Massive Resistance, a third-party candidate who earned more than 13% of the vote, and a candidate running from Virginia’s Nazi party.
“Trump is going to dread this day” | Political analyst reacts to historic arraignment (CTV News)
“I really do think this is the equivalent of a reality television show. You are looking at an event that is very carefully choreographed,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Trump speaks out at rally. Will it affect his case? (CP24 Toronto)
“Well, Donald Trump had a very bad afternoon. It was a horrible experience for him to have gone to the court system the way he did, so what he wants to do is turn that very difficult moment into something where he can walk away feeling a little better about himself, ” said Stephen Farnsworth.
The party nomination battles shaping up in Southwest and Southside (Cardinal News)
“All seats are up for election this year, and many of them are more contentious than normal because many lawmakers in the House and the Senate are running on newly drawn lines. Even incumbents are going to have some new voters this time around,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. 
Charges Against Trump (Alarabiya)
“This is just the beginning of the process. Today we will learn the exact nature of these charges against the former president. But he also faces legal troubles in Georgia, where he is on tape trying to convince state officials to steal the 2020 election for him, and with the federal government’s investigation into the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol.”
Trump Under Arrest Ahead of Arraignment (CTV News)
“I really do think that this is the political equivalent of a television reality program. You are looking at an event that is very carefully choreographed,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Trump Departs Florida for New York (CTV News)
“Well, spectacle is absolutely the word for this. We are talking about reality television on steroids here,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Political Expert: Trump indictment is just the opening act (KNX News)
“Well, I think this is going to be an extraordinary development when you are thinking about it in the context of what comes next, said Stephen Farnsworth)
Trump To Be Indicted Tuesday After Grand Jury’s Decision To Indict (WJLA)
“Well, this is still unprecedented. Everything has to be speculative in terms of what might come next, said Stephen Farnsworth. https://we.tl/t-9N2pgkxqFT
Trump has been indicted: What’s next? Analysts weigh in. (DC News Now)
Both political analyst Stephen Farnsworth from the University of Mary Washington and legal analyst Bernarda Villalona, a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, said Thursday’s news was “historic.” “If they stick with Donald Trump, this will be a very, very high-risk strategy for 2020 for swing voters are not inclined to look the other way in the same way that deep red Republicans would,” Farnsworth said.