February 17, 2018

Cooperman Presents Research on Political Party Polarization

cooperman_webRosalyn Cooperman, Associate Professor of Political Science, presented research on polarization of Democratic and Republican party delegates at the 2017 State of the Parties conference sponsored by the Ray Bliss Institute of Politics at the University of Akron.

Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing Dynamics

Op-ed columns by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science, and Stephen P. Hanna, professor of geography, appeared recently in  The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch respectively. The columns, “This one map shows the Republicans’ problem in Virginia” and “Virginia’s Changing Dynamics,” provided a post-mortem of the Virginia elections.

Larus Publishes Journal Article on U.S. China Policy

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Waple Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and UMW alumnae Shirley Naa-kowaa Martey-Hargis published their article “U.S. President Obama’s China Policy: a Critical Assessment,” in the November 2017 issue of TEKA (Polish Commission of Political Science and International Affairs).

Davidson Lectures at University of Genoa

Jason Davidson, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered an invited lecture titled “America Entangled: Explaining U.S. Alliances 1778-2016” at the University of Genoa on June 30. The lecture was the last in a series titled “War, conflicts, and peace-building” organized by the the Department of Political Science.


Gupta Publishes Research Article

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs,  co-wrote a research paper titled “Agriculture and its Discontents: Coalitional Politics at the WTO with Special Reference to India’s Food Security Interests” with J. P. Singh. The paper was published in a special issue on “Developing Countries, Emerging Powers and the WTO” of  International Negotiations, a peer-reviewed journal.


Singh Presents at National Conference

On Nov. 22, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Ranjit Singh presented a paper titled “Teaching Social Media and Middle East Studies” to the annual Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Conference in Washington, D.C. His paper addressed three common pedagogical challenges Arab studies instructors face as they incorporate social media into their courses. Singh then outlined a classroom exercise, inspired by the work of Hamada bin Amar, a well-known Tunisian hip hop artist, that takes advantage of the language barrier that normally exists between students and Arabic social media content.

Singh’s presentation was part of a six-person, interdisciplinary academic panel on “Social Media and Pedagogy of Middle East Studies” that he organized for this year’s national conference. The panel was sponsored by MESA’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, which Singh helped found several years ago. The Committee is dedicated to addressing the particular needs of Middle East studies faculty and programs oriented towards serving undergraduates. Its programs focus on sharing information and ideas about pedagogy, student research and other areas of specific concern.

Nabil al-Tikriti, Associate Professor in the UMW Department of History and American Studies, served as panel chair.

Lester Authors Op-Ed in The Dallas Morning News

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester’s column “Textbooks proposed for Texas schools open can of worms,” was recently published in “The Dallas Morning News.”

In addition, he co-authored “Texas textbooks set to mislead our students in American history, government” that was recently published on “WacoTrib.com” and “Education a casualty of Texas textbook wars” in the “Longview News-Journal.”

Gupta Delivers Lecture in New Delhi

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, delivered a lecture on India’s policy options on two competing multilateral regional trade agreements: the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the panel on “Hegemony of Trade and Investment Flows” at the Asian Forum on Global Governance (AFGG) in New Delhi on Oct. 30. The AFGG, organized by Observer Research Foundation, one of New Delhi’s premier think tanks, is a forum with speakers and delegates from academia, governments, private corporate sector and non-governmental organizations from over 30 countries.

UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 6

A third candidate has joined the 1st Congressional District Debate to be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium.   Gail Parker Rob Wittman Norm Mosher Independent candidate Gail Parker will debate incumbent Republican Rep. Rob Wittman and Democratic challenger Norm Mosher. The 1st District includes more than 15 counties and includes parts of Stafford, Spotsylvania, and the city of Fredericksburg. The event is free and open to the public. Parker, a retired officer of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, has spent 34 years as a U.S. civil servant. She has been involved with numerous organizations including the Fairfax Federation of Citizen’s Associations, Washington Region Council of Governments Transportation Committee and Federally Employed Women. Wittman, a resident of Montross, has held the seat since 2007. He co-chairs the House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus and serves on the House Natural Resources Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, he served in the House of Delegates for the Northern Neck. A former captain of the U.S. Navy, Mosher is a resident of Irvington. He served on the Irvington Town Council and as chair of the Lancaster County Democratic Committee. Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, will moderate the program. Panelists will be Chelyen Davis, assistant editorial page editor at The Free Lance-Star, and Ted Schubel, news director for B101.5 and WFVA’s News Talk 1230. The debate is co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce; The Free Lance-Star; UMW’s Young Democrats; UMW’s College Republicans; The Blue and Gray Press; and the university’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. For more information about the debate, contact Stephen Farnsworth at sfarnswo@umw.edu. Additional information on each candidate can be found on their respective websites: www.robwittman.com, www.normmosher.com and www.gailparker.us.

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.