January 27, 2021

Singh Publishes Journal Article on Private Landownership and Land Conservation

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh

Department of Political Science and International Affairs Associate Professor Ranjit Singh article titled “‘Been Heres’ and ‘Come Heres’ in Stafford County, Virginia: Private Landowners and Land Conservation on the Urban Fringe” appeared in the Fall 2020 edition of the peer-review journal Environment, Space, Place.

Private land is vitally important to land conservation efforts, but access to private landowners is a challenge for researchers. Using a participatory research approach, this article studies the preferences and concerns of such landowners on the rural-urban fringe of Stafford County, Virginia. Interviews with 53 private landowners show that conservation is deeply embedded within key social, moral, cultural, and political contexts, including a divide between long-term and newer residents. Successful conservation requires such social knowledge. It is argued that landowner skepticism about local government points towards joint strategies between local government and partner groups. Land conservation choices should be framed as an affirmation of—not limitation on—property rights since urban fringe landowners are likely to see such rights (especially long-established notions such as “by-right” development) as under attack. Conservation also presents an opportunity for community building in rapidly urbanizing areas, since older residents often feel excluded or unappreciated by local government and newer arrivals.

This research was supported by a Jepson Fellowship, and is an outgrowth of Prof. Singh’s long-term involvement in local land conservation, including his current service on the board of directors of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.

Farnsworth and Seltzer Deliver Research Paper on Political Humor

Late Night with Trump book coverStephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Kate Seltzer, a UMW senior double majoring in political science and communication, are co-authors of a research paper, “Late Night Political Humor and the 2020 Presidential Nomination Campaign: A Democratic Field Competes with Donald Trump,” which was delivered (online) at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association earlier this month. The paper is an update of Professor Farnsworth’s recent co-authored book, Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Reviewing the 2020 U.S. Election: The Challenges of Democracy in Practice,” to the University of Malaysia, Sabah. Professor Farnsworth was a Fulbright Specialist at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during Summer 2019.

He also offered insight in a number of recent regional, national and international news stories:

Taking a Look at What to Expect from the 2021 General Assembly Session (WVTF)

After fueling a blue tide, Democrats in changing Virginia suburb aim high for more influence (The Washington Post; Stamford Advocate)

Big ideas face the hard reality of coronavirus as Virginia General Assembly prepares to convene (The Washington Post)

Trump supporters engage in historic attacks on U.S. democracy on a day reserved to celebrate it (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. Capitol on Lockdown (CTV News Channel)

Facebook Blocks Page of Virginia State Senator Who Spread Conspiracy Theories on Capitol Riot (dcist)

Analysis: What changes Republicans, Trump and Biden face after the storming of the Capitol (Globe and Mail, Toronto)

Divide deepens in Virginia GOP as Democrats renew calls for Trump’s early ouster (Virginia Mercury)

Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Trump Faces Second Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Can President Trump issue pardons while impeached? Experts at odds (ctvnews.ca)

“It will be very difficult for Biden to govern with the scenario that Trump leaves him” (La Razon of Spain)

“I didn’t see a focus on issues,” says Lee Carter in explanation of candidacy for Governor (Virginia Scope)

McAuliffe announces huge fundraising numbers (Virginia Scope; Henrico Citizen)

Saturday Night Live seeks fresh Biden as political comedy faces new era (The Guardian)

Viewpoints with Todd Vanderheyden (iheart.com)

3 Prince William Supervisors Walked Out Of Unconscious Bias Training In Protest (dcist.com)

Larus Comments on Indus News on Changes to U.S. Taiwan Policy

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science Elizabeth Freund Larus.

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented on changes to U.S. State Department regulations on Taiwan on the Indus News television program In Focus South Asia, January 12, 2021. Her commentary begins at 15 minutes into the program at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdDkEwvhmdM&list=PL75uzXP3OUv0kX_KdFTmHTLgWqmZPZC1_&index=2

Larus Publishes Article in Taiwan Insight

Professor Elizabeth Freund Larus, Chairman of the UMW Department of Political Science and International Affairs, published an article in Taiwan Insight (Nottingham) indicating that despite promises to get tough on China, Joe Biden is not likely to antagonize China, especially when it involves Taiwan. UMW PSIA department alumnae Shirley Martey Hargis co-authored the article.

US-Taiwan Relations Under President Joe Biden

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Hamon Participated in NATO Panel

Political Science and International Affairs Adjunct David Hamon

Political Science and International Affairs Adjunct David Hamon Served on NATO Panel

Political Science and International Affairs Adjunct David Hamon was a panelist last month for NATO’s Allied Command (ATC) Transformation Strategic Foresight Analysis (SFA) efforts. The ATC-SFA team is responsible for developing strategic foresight reports looking at global trends out to the next two decades. As part of their studies, important trends in the final report include economic, the globalization of financial resources, increased inequality, geopolitical dimension of resources and defense expenditures, etc. As they look at trends globally, the office highlights differences between regions and countries. The overarching goal of the work is to project views on economical changes and inherent strategical consequences and its implications on global defense and security. Hamon addressed the far reaching impact of social unrest on defense and security and likely impact for NATO member states.

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

Trump Supporters Rally in Washington (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Parole System Scrutinized After COVID Missteps (Courthouse NewsService)

Noted professor addresses Mary Washington ElderStudy (The Free Lance-Star)

Trump’s Lawsuits (CP24.com)

McAuliffe’s ‘powerful trifecta,’ advantages heading into race for Virginia Governor (WSET)

Former Virginia Governor Wants Old Job Back (Courthouse News Service)

Biden to Americans “Wear Mask for 100 Days” (CTV News Channel)

Terry McAuliffe to seek a second term as Virginia governor (The Washington Post; WBAP; Laredo Morning Times)

As Carroll Foy Resigns, Other Lawmakers Weigh Options for 2021 Campaigning (WVTF)

Larus Comments on U.S. Sanctions on Chinese, Russian Firms

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was featured guest on the Pakistan news program In Focus South Asia on December 1, 2020. Dr. Larus debated three other guests on U.S. sanctions on Chinese and Russian firms that participate in Iran’s missile program. Her comments begin at 2 minutes. Watch here.

Larus Featured Guest on Pakistan News Program

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was a featured guest on the Pakistan news program In Focus South Asia on December 1, 2020. Professor Larus debated guests from China, Russia and Hungary on U.S. sanctions on Chinese and Russian firms that participate in Iran’s missile program. Her comments begin at 2 minutes into the show at https://youtu.be/4n81ESgUyxA

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Election Results

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 delivered an online lecture, “Reviewing the 2020 Election: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,” to The Woman’s Club of Richmond. Professor Farnsworth also fielded more than 90 news media calls on the US Presidential Election during October and November.

Professor Farnsworth also has been quoted in several regional, national and international news stories:

Transition agreed, but no concession yet (CP24.com)

A Look at Why So Many House of Delegates Members are Running for Statewide Offices (WVTF)

Trump Pardons Michael Flynn (CTV News Channel)

Examining the Future of the Republican Party Post Trump? Look No Further than Virginia (WVTF)

Virginia Lawmakers Could Run for Two Seats at Once (VPM NPR)

Viewpoints with Todd Vanderheyden (CJAD Radio Montreal)

Can Trump pre-emptively pardon himself? (CTV News Channel)

Larus Comments on Taiwan’s Exclusion from Massive Asia-Pacific FTA

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Political Science Professor Elizabeth Freund Larus commented in the South China Morning Post on Taiwan’s exclusion from the massive Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). Professor Larus indicated that economic fallout from the exclusion might be limited and Taiwan still has a chance to join the alternate Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Read her comments here.