March 2, 2024

Farnsworth Delivers Research Paper on Political Humor

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper, “Constructing Conservative Late-Night Comedy: Fox News and the Rise of Gutfeld!” at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Political Science Association in Boston. The paper was part of a chapter of Professor Farnsworth’s new coauthored book, Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency, recently published by Routledge.

In addition, recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:

In Virginia, 15 candidates are vying to replace Spanberger in Congress (The Washington Post)
“Open congressional seats don’t happen very often, and when they do, everyone who imagines themselves a congressman or congresswoman is going to be looking at that seriously,” said Steve Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “That’s happening for both parties because this is a really competitive district.”
Takeaways from Trump’s Defamation Trial (CP24)
“Well, this is a great example of why, when you are in a hole, you should stop digging,” said Stephen Farnsworth.
Former Md. Gov. Larry Hogan’s latest political ad raises questions about third-party presidential campaigns (WTOP)
“The process for getting on 50 state ballots involves an extraordinary amount of legal work, an extraordinary amount of signature collections — you’re subject to different rules in every state,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at University of Mary Washington.
Voters trickle in to local early voting sites as Va. primaries begin (Prince William Times; Fauquier Times)
Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and media at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said the primary race is, well, a bit boring. “2024 may go down as one of the least exciting presidential nomination cycles in half a century,” he said. “Neither party has an interesting nomination contest on offer.”
Here’s how much money Sen. Tim Kaine has raised in bid for new term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“We are talking about so many imponderables in this election year that money is about the only thing you can go on right now,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director at the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.