December 2, 2021

Farnsworth, Hanna and Seltzer Present Research Paper on Virginia Politics

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Geography Stephen Hanna

Professor of Geography Stephen Hanna

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, Stephen P. Hanna, professor of Geography, and Kate Seltzer, a 2021 graduate of UMW with degrees in Political Science and in Communication and Digital Studies, are coauthors of a research paper entitled, “Declining Rural Influence in Virginia Politics: Comparing Mark Warner’s 2001 and 2020 Elections,” which was presented recently at the Northeastern Political Science Association [online].

Farnsworth and Hanna also penned an editorial with UMW political science major Cassandra Atkinson for The Free Lance-Star: Youngkin proves the political virtues of vanilla.

Dr. Farnsworth also commented on the following news stories:

How critical race theory went from conservative battle cry to mainstream powder keg (Yahoo)

Youngkin tests activists’ patience as he pushes abortion and guns aside (The Washington Post; WV News)

Stafford County’s local government went from red to purple. Is it the next phase of N. Va.’s ‘blue wave’? (The Washington Post)

What could Glenn Youngkin as governor actually do to alter admissions at TJ? (The Washington Post; msn.com)

Opinion: In Virginia, dial ‘C’ for ‘crisis’ (The Washington Post)

Democrats face tumultuous process to get massive social spending package passed (Fox News)

2021 Political Roundtable: Surfing Va.’s red wave (Virginia Business)

Will The Tea Party Of 2022 Emerge From The Debate Over Schools? Virginia Election Offers GOP Template For Midterms (Virginia Patch)

VIRGINIA — Youngkin Pledged More Parental Control of Education, But Changes May Prove Difficult (T74)

Steve Bannon Indicted by Grand Jury (CTV News)

Edwards vows to stay on (Cardinal News)

Three Amigos Summit: US Protectionism at Centre (CP24)

Trudeau in Washington (CTV News)

 

Larus Participates in Roundtable on Democracy and Human Rights

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs virtually participated in the Roundtable “COVID-19 Pandemic as a Challenge to Democracy and Human Rights in China and Taiwan” at Jagellonian University, Krakow, on November 29, 2021. Professor Larus commented that the US media has grown more critical of China since the advent of COVID-19 and more favorably disposed to Taiwan, shaping the message that the media convey. She also indicated that COVID-19 reinforced autocratic rule in China and democracy in Taiwan, and that COVID-19  weakened China’s soft power, which had been waning before the outbreak of the pandemic.

Farnsworth, Seltzer and Burkley Present Research Paper on Political Communication

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; Kate Seltzer, a 2021 graduate of UMW with degrees in Political Science and in Communication and Digital Studies; and Sally Burkley. a senior Political Science and Communication and Digital Studies double major at UMW, are coauthors of a research paper entitled, “Late Night Political Humor, Cancel Culture and the 2020 Presidential Campaign,” which was presented recently at the Character Assassination & Reputation Politics Conference at George Mason University [online].

Dr. Farnsworth also commented on the following news stories:

Voting Underway in Virginia’s High-Stakes Gov. Race (CBS News)

With Youngkin victorious, a post-Trump Virginia returns as a swing state (The Washington Post)

Republican Winsome Sears projected to win lieutenant governor’s race (The Washington Post)

Youngkin capitalizes on McAuliffe’s comment about parents (The Free Lance-Star)

Democrats Can’t Keep Dismissing Complaints About ‘Critical Race Theory (Forbes)

GOP sees a new playbook for 2022 midterms in Glenn Youngkin’s campaign against critical race theory (Yahoo; USA Today)

Glenn Youngkin emerges victorious in high-stakes Virginia gubernatorial race, but the real winner was Trump (The Globe and Mail, Toronto)

Youngkin’s Victory in Virginia Provides GOP a Blueprint for 2022, ’24 (US News and World Report)

Youngkin wins tight governor’s race, defeating McAuliffe (Virginia Business)

Youngkin Wins Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race In Dominating Night For Republicans (WAMU; dcist.com)

Youngkin pledged more parental control of education, but changes may prove difficult (The Washington Post)

Democratic Disaster: Glenn Youngkin Wins Virginia Governor’s Race In GOP Clean Sweep (Huffington Post)

It’s Not That Democrats Lost. It’s That They Lost Everywhere (Governing)

Youngkin begins charting path forward in Virginia (WCTI 12; FOX Nebraska)

Youngkin Wins—and Trumpism Is Back With a Vengeance (The Daily Beast)

Republicans take Virginia governorship in first major election of the Biden presidency (Salon)

At McAuliffe HQ, a Trumpless Reality Sinks In (RealClear Politics)

Wild-card Democratic senators in line to be power players of divided government (Virginia Mercury)

Election Day 2021: A referendum on President Biden’s agenda (Straight Arrow News)

Spanberger faces tough prospects heading into midterm elections (Virginia Scope)

LISTEN: Town Talk/Election analysis (Fredericksburg Today)

Larus Comments on Vietnam News and Newsy

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

PSIA Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus recently commented on Vietnam News on the Biden administration’s approach to North Korea. She indicated that President Biden appears to have accepted the Singapore framework agreed on at the 2018 Trump-Kim meeting, which called for parallel progress toward the goals of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, peace and security on the peninsula, improved U.S.-North Korean relations, and the repatriation of American prisoners of war and missing in action remains from the Korean War. Professor Larus’ comments begin at 11 minutes into the program, accessible at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/the-gioi-360-do-ngay-23-10-2021-15856.htm

Dr. Larus also commented on Newsy’s November 9 “Morning Rush” broadcast that China’s mock-up of the U.S. warships indicates that China is deadly serious about Taiwan and the South China Sea. China has been beefing up its naval power to deter the United States from coming to Taiwan’s aid in a military confrontation with China. The United States needs to counter China’s naval modernization with stronger air-sea power and credible alliances. The video is downloadable at https://wetransfer.com/downloads/fd8b20313e8a2c3f6ab5a89e9eca170520211110135823/3a8b6be2ce6b62b3b992be37a7455bfa20211110135852/58b0a2.

Davidson Gives Zoom Lecture at Sapienza University in Rome

Jason Davidson lectureProfessor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson gave an invited Zoom lecture entitled America’s Entangling Alliances: 1778 to the Present in the Robert Elgie Brown Bag Seminar Series at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Cooperman Weighs in on Virginia Governor’s Race

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman shared comments with STAT prior to Election Day in Virginia:

“The governor’s race [is] an important test of how both parties message on Covid,” said Rosalyn Cooperman, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Is that going to be palatable to voters who have typically trended blue over the last election cycles? I think we are paying very close attention to it because of the implications it has in other races in other states moving forward.” Read more.

Farnsworth Lectures on U.S. Politics to Norwegian Washington Seminar

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen Farnsworth

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies recently presented a lecture, “The State of the USA in 2021,” to the Norwegian Washington Seminar. The Washington, D.C., lecture drew on Professor Farnsworth’s recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character.

Dr. Farnsworth has also offered commentary in the following news stories:

Virginia Governor’s Race in its Final Stretch (CBS)

The anti-Trump resistance helped these Northern Va. Democrats get elected. Now they’re playing defense. (The Washington Post)

War of the suburbs: Virginia Democrats, GOP fight over key turf to win control of House of Delegates (The Washington Post)

Democrats take the lead in early voting in Virginia governor’s race, but GOP could close the gap on election day (CNBC; Times of News)

Third poll shows McAuliffe & Youngkin tied in Virginia governor’s race (WUSA 9)

Democratic Biden warns in Virginia Governor election (Texas News Today; Yahoo News; From Press)

Virginia’s redistricting commission’s failure to transcend partisanship has lessons for other states, critics say (The Washington Post; Westport News)

McAuliffe-Youngkin Governor’s Race Tests Democrats’ Tenuous Hold on Virginia (US News and World Report)

UMW professor argues dead heat polls show why Blanding’s name should be included (WINA; WVAX)

The Memo: Biden faces double crunch in Virginia and in Congress (The Hill)

Candidates in 88th House District race to take part in virtual debate (The Free Lance-Star; Fredericksburg Today)

With legislative control at stake, House of Delegates races take on more urgency (Richmond Free Press)

Education is Playing a Big Role in Virginia Elections This Year (WFVA)

Virginia governor’s race could give ‘flashing red warning sign’ for Democrats — and shift market sentiment (MarketWatch)

Former Carlyle Group CEO could knock Democrats out of Virginia’s governor’s office. Here’s what to know (CNBC; USA News Hub)

Jan. 6th insurrection investigation (CTV News Canada)

Redistricting stalemate may have been inevitable. It doesn’t mean the effort was useless. (Virginia Mercury)

VA-Gov: The Daily Beast, “This Mini-Trump Doesn’t Want to Be Seen With the Real Thing” (Daily Kos)

Who will win control the House of Delegates? A handful of Chesterfield races could be pivotal (Chesterfield Observer)

COMMENTARY: Two presidents will have limited effect on governor’s race (The Free Lance-Star)

Colin Powell Dead at 84 (CTV News Canada)

Larus Comments on China Aggression Against Taiwan on Newsy morning news program

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Dr. Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, conducted an interview on China’s aggression against Taiwan on Newsy morning program, Oct 12. Professor Larus commented that recent incursions into Taiwan’s ADIZ by Chinese military planes signal to both Taiwan and the U.S. that China will never relinquish its claims to the island.

Davidson Speaks with Voice of America on Death of Colin Powell

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 was recently interviewed by Voice of America about the death of former Secretary of State Colin Powell. “What his legacy should be, and what I hope in the broader scope of time people remember him as, is a skeptic of war and the use of force…,” said University of Mary Washington Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson. “When he was sitting around the table … and he expressed cautions about how war could get out of control and how it could have these adverse consequences, he did so from a perspective of direct personal experience.” Listen here.

 

Larus Comments on NPR on China

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs indicated that any economic “de-coupling” between the U.S. and China will be very difficult. “You can’t just say you’re going to pick up your factory and move all your resources and have a consistent, reliable energy source and the shipping port to get your stuff out at a decent price, and the logistics. China has nailed that down,” said Larus, the author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China. She also indicated that China seeks to make the world reliant on the country for its supply chain, but not to have China reliant on the rest of the world. She did not see a de-escalation in U.S.-China relations any time soon. Read her comments at:
https://www.klcc.org/post/china-threat-or-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask
https://www.npr.org/2021/10/08/1041137034/is-china-a-threat-or-an-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask
https://wamu.org/story/21/10/08/is-china-a-threat-or-an-opportunity-depends-which-americans-you-ask/