February 20, 2019

Johnson-Young Publishes Research on Corporate Social Responsibility Campaigns

Elizabeth Johnson-Young, Assistant Professor of Communication, has published a peer-reviewed research article in Corporate Communications: An International Journal. The article, “The CSR paradox: When a social responsibility campaign can tarnish a brand,” looks at instances when a social campaign can hurt a brand even though it may successfully raise concerns for the campaign issues. The paper presents results of an experiment looking at prevention versus promotion-framed messages in a real-world corporate social responsibility (CSR) campaign to understand differences in concerns for the campaign issues and attitudes towards the sponsoring corporate brand. Results indicated that even when message framing produced strong concerns for the issues, negative effects of the message framing were directed at the brand itself. The publication is now available online and will be in the next printed journal, as well.

Cooperman Presents Research at Political Science Conference

Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented “She Should (Not) Run: Party Activists and Women’s Place at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association.

McMillan Presents Research at Archaeology Conference

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan

Lauren McMillan, assistant professor in the Department of Historic Preservation, presented research at the Society for Historical Archaeology conference in St. Charles, MO. McMillan presented a paper entitled “‘…near the side of an Indian field commonly known as the Pipemaker’s field:’ Reanalyzing the Nomini Plantation Midden Assemblage.” This research paper develop from a grant awarded by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources. She was also a panelist in a forum focused on unique and unusual artifacts and served as a member of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Larus Publishes Commentary in Asia Dialogue

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, published her commentary “Xi Jinping Message to Compatriots in Taiwan signals change in policy,” in Asia Dialogue, the online magazine of the University of Nottingham Asia Research Institute. In her article, Larus claims that the commemorative speech does not constitute a sea change in China’s policy toward Taiwan, but does push the envelope in cross-Strait relations. Read the entire the article here: http://theasiadialogue.com/2019/01/24/xi-jinpings-message-to-compatriots-in-taiwan-signals-change-in-taiwan-policy/

Foss Publishes Article on Ann Yearsley

Professor of English Chris Foss has published a peer-reviewed article entitled “Ann Yearsley, Earl Goodwin, and the Politics of Romantic Discontent” in the most recent number of Romanticism on the Net.  RoN was one of the pioneering international open access journals when it was founded over thirty years ago now in 1996, and is by now one of the most established venues for scholarship on British Romantic literature. The few substantial critical studies of Ann Yearsley’s tragic drama Earl Goodwin leave unexplored the ways in which Yearsley simultaneously is clarifying and extending her anger at and frustration with the class- and gender-based discrimination she experienced firsthand in the fallout with her mentor Hannah More over the profits from her first book of poetry. This article aims to fill this gap by delineating the many ways in which Earl Goodwin represents, on one level, her ongoing response to the defamation she suffered in the wake of More’s public campaign to ruin her reputation. Documenting the inextricability of the play’s explicit social and political critiques with Yearsley’s ongoing response to the More fiasco reinforces the extent to which her more familiar initial protests about More’s treatment (as published in her second volume of poems) are as fundamentally politically as they are personally motivated.

Young, COE Faculty Featured in The Free Lance-Star

George Meadows led a class in 3D printing at UMW's Day of Learning.

Professor of Education George Meadows led a class in 3D  design and printing at UMW’s Day of Learning. (Free Lance-Star photo).

Kimberly Young, executive director of Continuing and Professional Studies, was quoted in an article about the University’s Day of Learning for furloughed federal employees, held January 17 at the Stafford Campus.

The daylong event featured a series of workshops taught by UMW faculty and administrators, including the College of Education’s George Meadows and Christy Irish who were featured in photos accompanying the article. Others teaching sessions included Lynne Richardson, Julia DeLancey, Tim O’Donnell, Melissa Wells, Antonio Causarano, John Burrow, Beth Williams, Janine Davis and John Broome.

COE's Christy Irish (pictured here) and Melissa Wells taught a Blackout Poetry class.

COE’s Christy Irish (pictured here) and Melissa Wells taught a Blackout Poetry class. (Free Lance-Star photo)

To read the article, visit  Shutdown Like Vacation Without Any Money for Area Furloughed Federal Workers.


Williams, Young Appear on Fox DC News

Beth Williams, director of Human Resources

Beth Williams, executive director of Human Resources

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Kimberly Young, executive director for Continuing and Professional Studies

Human Resources Director Beth Williams and Continuing and Professional Studies Executive Director Kimberly Young were interviewed for a Fox 5 DC News story on UMW’s Day of Learning at the Stafford campus. The event was organized to give furloughed government workers a free day of workshops focused on personal and professional development. To view the segment, visit Federal workers on furlough are flocking to career fairs across the area, but one university hosted a different type of fair.


Richardson’s Column Appears in Free Lance-Star

College of Business Dean Lynne Richardson’s latest column appeared this week in The Free Lance-Star. To view the column, visit Cross-train Your Staff or You’ll Regret It.



Farnsworth and Gardner Research Presented at Conference

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Noah Gardner, an UMW 2018 honors graduate in political science, are co-authors of a research  paper, “Late Night Political Humorists and the Donald Trump Presidency,” presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association Conference in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

This research project is supported by Dr. Farnsworth’s Waple Fellowship.

Al-Tikriti Co-Develops & Co-Edits Issue #288 of Middle East Report (MERIP) “Confronting the New Turkey”

On 21 December 2018, Middle East Report [MERIP] Issue #288, “Confronting the New Turkey,” was officially published for subscribers. UMW Associate Professor of Middle Eastern History Nabil Al-Tikriti joined the team of developers and editors who invited contributors and edited content for the issue, available online here: https://merip.org/magazine/288/.

The Issue Development Team (IDT) consisted of Profs. Elif Babül of Mt. Holyoke College, Nabil Al-Tikriti, and Ayça Alemdaroğlu of Northwestern University. Dr. Steve Niva was the executive editor.

Press Release: “Since the failed July, 2016 coup attempt, Turkey’s President Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have consolidated their unfettered rule over Turkey. This counter-coup has been undertaken through massive purges in the military, judiciary, media and academia—with tens of thousands detained or forced into exile—the shuttering of independent civic institutions and enshrining virtually unchecked executive power in a new constitution. Turkey’s authoritarian turn bears an elective affinity with emerging forms of populist authoritarianism and illiberal democracy, as well as anti-immigrant and anti-globalist sensibilities, that have redrawn the European political map and largely crushed nascent democratic risings across the Middle East.

Contributors to Confronting the New Turkey disentangle the social, political and economic factors that led to the manifestation of this global trend in Turkey. How Erdoğan accomplished this opens a window on the autocrat’s handbook for the twenty-first century.  Contributors also illuminate lines of resistance, vulnerabilities and contradictions within the New Turkey under construction. Middle East Report 288 is partially available on-line with full access to all the articles available to our subscribers

Aslı Bâli offers an incisive and detailed anatomy of Turkey’s 2017 constitutional coup: how Erdoğan used constitutional tools to dismantle Turkey’s parliamentary system from within and create a new form of constitutional authoritarianism.

Yahya Madra critically analyzes the roots of Turkey’s current economic crisis via the AKP’s embrace of a form of globalized neoliberal capitalism that is now at odds with Erdoğan’s electoral needs and authoritarian inclinations.

Evren Balta explains the dramatic shifts and abrupt reorientations of Turkish foreign policy over the past decade as a product of the AKP and Erdoğan’s populism:  foreign policy deployed as a tool of governance to mobilize support, tarnish enemies and keep the AKP in power.

Cuma Ҫiçek provides a thorough overview of the transformation of Turkish-Kurdish politics since 1999, including promising but flawed peace initiatives, the impact of Rojava on Kurdish politics and the return to war in Turkey’s Kurdish regions.

Muzaffer Kaya offers a powerful assessment of the damage wrought by Turkey’s sustained state repression of higher education since 2015, including the purge of over 6,000 academics and university workers. (Available to Everyone)

Volkan Yılmaz uncovers the rising inequality and unfulfilled promises of economic justice that can be traced to the AKP’s embrace of market-led policies in housing and construction.

Sinan Erensü reveals a series of contradictions and vulnerabilities that afflict Turkey’s rapid expansion of energy infrastructure and its pursuit of energy independence, including rural environmental resistance and Turkey’s resistance to climate change initiatives.

Hikmet Kocamaner demonstrates how the AKP’s embrace of “family values” rhetoric and family-centered policies are central to its broader political and social vision predicated on neoconservative, neoliberal and neo-patriarchal rationalities.

Ayça Alemdaroğlu reveals how widespread youth disaffection with the AKP has led the Party to expand a parallel religious education system and increase investments in youth-centered organizations in an effort to overcome obstacles to its hegemony.

Mucahit Bilici unravels the surprising rise of heterodox religiosity and even atheism among pious Turkish youth in response to the instrumentalization of religion under the AKP and broader secularizing trends within Turkish society.

In an inspiring interview, the architect and activist Mücella Yapıcı discusses the still unwritten history of the Gezi Park protests, which, for a moment, revealed a new anti-authoritarian, multi-cultural and democratic Turkey that is yet to come. (Available to Everyone)

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