January 23, 2020

Larus Comments on CNBC on Taiwan Presidential Elections

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, offered commentary January 10 on CNBC Asia’s Capital Connection on the 2020 Taiwan presidential election. Professor Larus indicated that incumbent Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen benefited from the Hong Kong protests and that she would likely be reelected. Dr. Larus projected that a second Tsai administration will continue to diversify Taiwan’s economy and distance itself from China, and that Beijing will put more heat on Taipei, bringing the U.S. into play.

Capital Connection is a television business news program aired every weekday on various CNBC channels around the world. It is broadcast live from Singapore. Access the commentary at:

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2020/01/10/taiwan-vote-will-have-a-big-impact-on-relations-with-us-and-china-expert.html

 

Farnsworth Delivers Invited Lecture on Virginia Politics

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, delivered an invited lecture entitled, “A Review of the 2019 Virginia Midterm Elections and a Preview of the 2020 Legislative Session,” at the Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association Meeting in Chesterfield, VA.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Equal Rights Amendment approved by Virginia legislature, headed for legal battle (InsideNova.com; The Central Virginian)

Articles of Impeachment Headed to Senate (CTV News Channel)

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control (Route Fifty)

Tables Turn in Virginia as Democrats Take Over Legislature (Courthouse News Service)

 

Larus Comments on Radio Free Asia on Taiwan Elections

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, was interviewed by Radio Free Asia on January 10 on the 2020 Taiwan presidential election. RFA is a private, nonprofit corporation that broadcasts news and information to listeners in Asian countries where the local media is often censored. In her commentary, Professor Larus indicated that if reelected, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will continue to distance Taipei from Beijing, and that Beijing will continue to heighten pressure on Taipei.

Listen to the broadcast here:
1月11日,台湾将进行第7次总统全民直选民主投票。台湾大选后,两岸、美台关系会发生什么变化?
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/rc-01102020100909.html

Larus Discusses the Road to the U.S. Democratic Nomination in LSE Commentary

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus offered commentary to the London School of Economics on the U.S. Democratic nomination:

“While impeachment is the talk of the town in Washington D.C., we are only months away from the first presidential primary contests. On the Democratic side, the current field is at a historically large 17 candidates, with two late entrants joining the field in recent weeks. While former Vice President Joe Biden has been the frontrunner for most of the year, the popularity of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Mayor Pete Buttigieg show that there are cracks in his lead, which may continue grow in the lead-up to the Democratic convention.”

Read the complete commentary at

The directions we can expect from the US 2020 Democratic presidential nomination race.

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National News

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, has been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Under Trump, voter turnout surges in Virginia’s off-year elections (The Washington Post)

New book: Jokes about the president have surged with Trump (The Washington Post)

Virginia moderates thwart liberals with limits to progressive wish list (The Washington Times)

UMW professor co-authors book on late-night comedy in the age of Donald Trump (The Free Lance-Star; Culpeper Star-Exponent; Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“Town Talk” interview on “Late Night with Trump” (News Talk)

‘Retaliation is Certain’: Farnsworth on Iran (CP24)

Castro Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Race (CTV News Channel)

The New Dominion (Virginia Business)

As Democrats seek a nominee, what qualities can they sell to Virginia’s voters? (Virginia Mercury)

Some Republicans see momentum in gun sanctuary movement. Will it work? (Virginia Mercury)

Impeachment Fallout (1140 WRVA)

Polling, Politics, and Elections (Jewish Policy Center)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Heyden (CJAD Montreal)

 

Farnsworth Publishes Book on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is co-author of a new book, Late Night with Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency, published this week by Routledge Press, an academic publisher. The book was funded by Dr. Farnsworth’s Waple Fellowship .

From the publisher: “Political humor has been a staple of late-night television for decades. The Trump White House, however, has received significantly greater attention than that of past presidents, such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and even Bill Clinton. In response to Trump’s strident politics, late-night comics, including Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Fallon, have sounded key policy notes, further blurring the boundary between news and satire. Weekly humorists, including John Oliver and Samantha Bee, extend the critique with in-depth probing of key issues, while Saturday Night Live continues to tap the progression from outrage to outrageousness.”

“Using unique content analysis techniques and qualitative discussions of political humor, Farnsworth and Lichter show how late-night political humor, and these seven programs in particular, have responded to the Trump presidency. Employing a dataset of more than 100,000 late night jokes going back decades, these noted media scholars discuss how the treatment of Trump differs from previous presidents, and how the Trump era is likely to shape the future of political humor. The authors also employ public opinion survey data to consider the growing role these late-night programs play in framing public opinion and priorities. This book will interest scholars, the curious public, and students of politics, communications and the media, and contemporary American culture.”

 

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

The Growing Cost of Virginia Elections (WVTF)

Post-election, Virginia dodges Medicaid work requirements (WHSV)

Democrats Outline Articles of Impeachment Against President Trump (CP24.com)

Cooperman Discusses Women’s Republican PAC Involvement in Primary Race

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman was interviewed for an article in the Sunflower State Journal on a Women’s Republican PAC’s decision to get involved in a primary race between two female GOP candidates.

“It’s highly significant,” said Cooperman. “What is unusual about this move is that it came so early and it came in a race with other Republican women. That to me is the most noteworthy thing.” Read more. 

Larus Comments on Hong Kong Protests and Taiwan Election

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus spoke to the South China Morning Post in an article on how the Hong Kong protests are impacting the Taiwanese elections. Larus said “that in most polls Tsai had a significant lead over Han, bolstered by young voters who supported the Hong Kong protesters. ‘The Tsai camp clearly has momentum, while Han appears to be stuck looking for the right message, which is much too late in the campaign cycle,’ she said.” Read more.

 

Hamon Contributes to Government Simulation on Future of Southeast Asia

Adjunct Instructor David Hamon

David Hamon, Adjunct Instructor in the Political Science & International Affairs Department, was a major contributor to a high-level U.S. Government simulation held in Washington D.C. in mid-November on the future political, social, and resiliency of the Southeast Asia region. The simulation focused around the Mekong river and the many actors/organizations involved in the viability of ecosystem.

Farnsworth Presents Research at National Communication Conference

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 presented a research paper, “Studying the Presidency after 9/11: Re-considering Presidential Character in Domestic and International Contexts,” at the National Communication Association conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The paper is also a chapter in a new book: 9/11 and the Academy: Responses in the Liberal Arts and the 21st Century World. The book is edited by Mark Finney, a 1999 graduate of Mary Washington, and Matthew Shannon and was just published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Finney, who is now an associate professor of Mass Communications at Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, was one of Dr. Farnsworth’s first political science students at Mary Washington two decades ago.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Locking It Down (Style Weekly)

Trump Urged to Take Part in Impeachment Inquiry (CTV News Channel)

Some Local Governments in Rural Virginia Declare 2nd Amendment Sanctuary (WVTF)

Virginia Senators Hope to Pass Legislation That Would Fix Virginia Beach Tragedy Fund (WVTF)

Senator Warner: Let Users Freely Move Their Data From One Social Media Platform to Another (WVTF)

Could Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants Split Democrats in January? (WVTF)

Virginia Democrats Set Sights on Equal Rights Amendment (Courthouse News Service)

Mark Herring backs recreational marijuana in Virginia (Daily Stock Dish)

Farnsworth 2018 book, “Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump,” was recommended in an article on The Free Lance-Star on local authors:

Looking for holiday gifts? Consider books by Fredericksburg area authors (The Free Lance-Star)