October 30, 2020

Cooperman Interviewed by NPR, Time and WalletHub About Election

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace program to discuss the role of campaign finance in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. Read more.

Cooperman was also featured in a Time.com article entitled, “Republican Female Candidates Are Poised to Make Record Gains This Year. But Donald Trump’s Unpopularity Could Bring Them Down.” Read more.

Cooperman was also interviewed by WalletHub.com for an “2020 Election by the Numbers” article. Read more.

 

Konieczny Publishes in Semigroup Forum

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics

Janusz Konieczny, professor of mathematics, co-authored a research article, Semigroups of partial transformations with kernel and image restricted by an equivalence, published in the journal Semigroup Forum.

Larus Appears on Australian Talk Show, Publishes Commentary on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the October 14 episode of Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers why the world needs a free Taiwan. Watch the episode at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUczzlyL4fA

She also published her commentary on U.S.-Taiwan relations after the 2020 Presidential Election in Taiwan Insight of the University of Nottingham, UK.
https://taiwaninsight.org/2020/10/16/us-presidential-election-2020-the-taiwan-factor/

Singh Presents to Middle East Studies Association

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh, Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Associate Professor Ranjit Singh of the Political Science and International Affairs department presented his paper “Arguing BDS: Reflections of Teaching Undergraduates about Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” to the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on October 15, 2020. Singh’s paper reflects on his experiences teaching a 2019 seminar titled “Political Dissent in the Middle East.” His paper was sponsored by MESA’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, which he helped to found ten years ago.

Also at the MESA conference, Singh served as a discussant for papers accepted to the Committee’s forum on undergraduate research. Sarah Pietrowski, a UMW Political Science senior, successfully presented her research titled “The Impact of Syrian Refugees on German Immigration Policy” to the same forum. She initially developed her paper in Singh’s Spring 2020 “Politics of the Middle East and North Africa” course.

Whalen Publishes Digital Poem

A screenshot of a digital poem showing rows of dark gray letters arranged around a five-sided blank space in the center of the screen.

Screenshot of Whalen’s digital poem “pent house”

Zach Whalen, Associate Professor in Communication and Digital Studies, has published a digital poem titled “pent house” in the journal Taper. Submissions for this issue were meant to address the theme “pent up” as a way of thinking about life in a pandemic, and works are constrained to no more than 2KB of code with no external libraries. “pent house” excerpts letters from the gene sequence of SARS-Cov-2 and arranges them in a five-sided spiral.

Davidson Discusses America’s Alliances in New Book, Newsweek

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s new book, America’s Entangling Alliances, was recently published by Georgetown University Press. Description: In America’s Entangling Alliances, Professor Davidson challenges long-held assumptions about the costs and benefits of American alliances. He shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the United States has not been averse to forming alliances for most of its history. In fact, U.S. presidents and Congress have viewed it as in the country’s best interest to enter into a variety of security arrangements from the beginning.

Davidson also discussed the United States’ geopolitical battle with China, as well as its partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – Australia, Japan and India – with Newsweek. Read more.

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Communication at American University

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “The Public Communication Strategies of President Trump,” to political science students at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author or co-author of several books on media and politics, including Presidential Communication and Character: From Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Public Opinion Surveys: What Journalists — and News Consumers — Need to Know,” to journalism students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Farnsworth is a former daily newspaper journalist and the author or coauthor of several books on media and politics, including “The Nightly News Nightmare: News Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections.”

Farnsworth also appeared in the following regional and national news stories:

Trump Is the Butt of 97% of Late-Night TV Hosts’ Presidential Candidate Jokes, Study Says (Yahoo.com)

Webb continues to outraise Good in 5th Congressional District race (Fauquier Times)

One Week to U.S. Presidential Election (CTV News Channel)

Candidates’ Response to Covid Could Define Virginia’s Congressional Races (Courthouse News Service)

Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Plan (CTV News Channel)

Whitmer: “Trump Inciting Domestic Terrorism” (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Democrats, Republicans focus on reaching voters in different ways (Henrico Citizen)

The Virginia issue dividing politicians in both parties: Redistricting (WJLA)

Trump Rallies in Pennsylvania (CTV News Channel)

Lester Appears on ‘With Good Reason,’ University of Michigan Publishing Podcasts

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester is featured on the University of Michigan Publishing’s four-part podcast mini-series, Dialogues in Democracy: In Conversation. His most recent book, Liberalism and Leadership: The Irony of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was published by University of Michigan Press. His episode, which airs starting on Oct. 29, also features Richard Waterman, Carol L. Silva and Hank Jenkins-Smith, authors of The Presidential Expectations Gap.

Dr. Lester will also appear on the With Good Reason public radio show in an episode that airs starting Oct. 31, entitled “Presidential Leadership.” Description: Arthur Schlesinger was the foremost presidential historian of the 20th century. Over the course of his career, he won two Pulitzer prizes and was a close friend and advisor to former president, John F. Kennedy. Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington) says Schelsinger’s work can teach us a lot about what makes a successful liberal presidency.

With Good Reason airs Sundays at 2 p.m. on Fredericksburg’s Radio IQ 88.3 Digital and at various times throughout the week on stations across Virginia and the United States. Check the website for show times.

Sainz Discusses COVID’s Impact on Study Abroad Programs in Diverse Education

Associate Professor of Spanish and Center for International Education Director Jose Sainz

Associate Professor of Spanish and Center for International Education Director Jose Sainz

Associate Professor of Spanish Jose Sainz, director of UMW’s Center for International Education, recently spoke to Diverse Education about the impact of COVID-19 on study abroad programs.

At the University of Mary Washington (UMW) in Virginia, Dr. Jose A. Sainz, director of the Center for International Education, said it was clear early on that “travel was going to be impossible” this past summer. What followed was canceling all international travel for fall 2020 and any faculty-led programs and conferences — as well as deferring students still interested in international programs for the spring of 2021.

And while deferred programs at UMW are set to run between May and July of next summer, “the caveat to those programs is that [the university] can cancel those programs any day,” Sainz said. However, if airlines, travel, and quarantine measures are not “deal breakers,” then students may still have the opportunity to go.

Original international program plans for spring 2021, such as extracurriculars, may be altered given safety concerns. Some museums abroad may not allow students to go as a group and congregate, Sainz explained.

“So, you have to kind of rethink — in terms of activities — what you want to incorporate in your program,” and then, give students guidelines for their independently-led assignment, he said. Read more.

Yoon Co-Conducted Study on Online Support Groups

Assistant Professor of Marketing Kelly EunJung Yoon

Assistant Professor of Marketing Kelly EunJung Yoon

Assistant Professor of Marketing Kelly EunJung Yoon, of UMW’s College of Business, co-conducted a study, led by the University of California, Irvine, into how participants in online support groups tend to hide demographic information, in an effort to form better connections with other members.

“Our findings indicate a striking discrepancy between people’s perception of self-disclosure effects and the reality in online support groups. Members tended to refrain from revealing when they were demographically different from their interaction partner or had overall minority status, believing it would hinder them from fitting in or relating well to others. But when members naturally engaged in communicating those details, the result was strong relationships that produced health benefits,” said Connie Pechmann, UCI professor of marketing and lead author of the study. Read more.