October 1, 2022

Farnsworth Lectures on Upcoming Midterm Elections

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a public lecture, “Previewing the 2022 U.S. Midterm Elections” at the Fredericksburg Area Rotary.

Dr. Farnsworth was also featured in the following news stories and opinion pieces:

EDITORIAL: Truth, accountability are crucial to democracy (The Free Lance-Star; Culpeper Star-Exponent)

Opinion by Peter Galuszkain-Youngkin’s appointments raise questions about his ‘moderate’ label (The Washington Post)

Democrats are raising more money than Republicans in Virginia’s competitive Congressional races (WVTF)

‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ Has a Problem — With Ratings (The Wrap)

No debates, few interviews: why experts say it’s harder to get to know candidates ahead of key elections (KMOV4)

Jury selection for Steve Bannon trial begins today (CP24.com)

A Collision of Economics and History: In Pennsylvania, the Debate Over Climate is a Bitter One – Inside Climate News (Reporter Wings)

How Youngkin’s Approval Rating Compares to Past Virginia Governors (Axios)

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 3 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

Class of 2022: Stellar Student Stories, Part 1 of 3

The Class of 2022 began freshman year like any other, swept up in longstanding University of Mary Washington traditions like Move-In Day, Eagle Gathering and Honor Convocation. That all changed when they were sophomores. Classes went online, study abroad trips were postponed and everything – activities, internships and volunteer experiences – became virtual. But these […]

Davidson Pens Articles for Leading Academic Journals and National Security Publications

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, "America's Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present."

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson with his book, “America’s Entangling Alliances: 1787 to the Present.”

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s article “The 2021 G20 and Italy” (co-authored with Carla Monteleone of the University of Palermo) was just published in the academic journal Contemporary Italian Politics:  https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23248823.2022.2047255

An essay Dr. Davidson wrote for the national security publication War on the Rocks on NATO after the Ukraine War has also been published: https://warontherocks.com/2022/04/the-end-of-strategic-cacophony-the-russo-ukrainian-war-and-the-future-of-nato/

Larus Speaks at Stafford Rotary

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor Emerita of Political Science and International Affairs, was guest speaker at the March 9 meeting of the Stafford Rotary. Larus offered an account of her career path and stressed the value of mentorship. She also commented on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, claiming that fighting would likely intensify in the coming weeks.

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

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 commented on the following news stories:

Youngkin vetoes bipartisan bills while stoking political rancor (The Washington Post)

Youngkin Sprints Further to the Right with Unprecedented Vetoes and Amendments (Virginia Democrats)

Inside the budget battle (Cardinal News)

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law (CTV News)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

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 commented on the following news stories:

Virginia’s gas tax and the effort to reach a balanced budget (WVTF)

A General Assembly rejection of a cabinet pick isn’t without precedent (WVTF)

State lawmakers must work out a $3 billion difference between House and Senate budgets (WVTF)

Partisanship marked a 2022 session without any major accomplishments (WVTF)

Biden to meet with NATO leaders in Europe (CTV News)

Zelensky addresses U.S. Congress (CTV News)

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law (CTV News)

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

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 commented on the following news stories:

Local educators resist Youngkin’s criticisms of classroom instruction (Axios)

Mask mandates are going away as Covid cases persist. What’s changed? (The Washington Post)

In a purple district in purple Virginia, soaring inflation takes the stage in the midterms battle (USA Today; MSN)

Schapiro: An aggravation that lawmakers, especially Democrats, don’t need (Bristol Herald-Courier)

Ukraine Tops State of the Union (CTV News)

Biden Delivers State of Union (CTV News)

A Government Divided (Connection Newspapers)

How impactful was Zelenskyy’s Speech to Congress? (CP 24 Toronto)

Southwest ‘really flexed its muscle this year’ (Cardinal News)

 

Gupta Pens Editorial on Indira Gandhi for Great Lives Lecture

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta penned an editorial for The Free Lance-Star entitled, “Indira Gandhi: Creator of the modern Indian State” in advance of her Great Lives lecture on India’s first and only woman prime minister, which was held on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The program can be accessed through the program website at umw.edu/greatlives.

INDIRA GANDHI is known as India’s first and only woman prime minister, and the world’s second democratically elected female head of government. These titles, however, mask a complex and fascinating personality. Gandhi, as prime minister, emerged as one of the most consequential and polarizing figures in Indian politics.

Derided initially as a “dumb doll,” Gandhi surprised her followers and detractors as a canny politician with a strong sense of realpolitik and an authoritarian bent. Her decisions helped both restore and tarnish India’s image in world politics.

She turned India from a food-scarce to a food-surplus country; her bold move to help establish Bangladesh strengthened India’s credentials as a major Asian power; and yet, her declaration of political emergency in 1975 delivered the first frontal attack to India’s democratic institutions since that nation gained independence from British colonial rule in 1947. Read more.

Cooperman Weighs in on State Funding on Moneygeek.com

Professor and Chair of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor and Chair of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Professor and Chair Rosalyn Cooperman was interviewed by Moneygeek.com for an article entitled, “Return on Statehood: How Much Value Every State Gets from the Federal Government.”

What role does federal funding play in state government finances?

The role of federal funding in state government finances varies widely from state to state. For example, federal funding of K-12 education is quite small — typically less than 10% — compared with funding from the states and their local governments. Of course, that federal funding represents billions of dollars, which is not an inconsequential sum of money for public schools and students. States and their localities receive federal funds to help implement programs like IDEA, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which ensures that children with disabilities and special education needs receive a free and appropriate public education. Read more.