October 30, 2020

Cooperman Interviewed by NPR, Time and WalletHub About Election

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, was interviewed on NPR’s Marketplace program to discuss the role of campaign finance in the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. Read more.

Cooperman was also featured in a Time.com article entitled, “Republican Female Candidates Are Poised to Make Record Gains This Year. But Donald Trump’s Unpopularity Could Bring Them Down.” Read more.

Cooperman was also interviewed by WalletHub.com for an “2020 Election by the Numbers” article. Read more.

 

Larus Appears on Australian Talk Show, Publishes Commentary on U.S.-Taiwan Relations

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 Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, was the featured guest on the October 14 episode of Australian talk show On Liberty. Professor Larus explained to On Liberty host Salvatore Babones and callers why the world needs a free Taiwan. Watch the episode at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUczzlyL4fA

She also published her commentary on U.S.-Taiwan relations after the 2020 Presidential Election in Taiwan Insight of the University of Nottingham, UK.
https://taiwaninsight.org/2020/10/16/us-presidential-election-2020-the-taiwan-factor/

Singh Presents to Middle East Studies Association

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 of the Political Science and International Affairs department presented his paper “Arguing BDS: Reflections of Teaching Undergraduates about Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions” to the annual conference of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on October 15, 2020. Singh’s paper reflects on his experiences teaching a 2019 seminar titled “Political Dissent in the Middle East.” His paper was sponsored by MESA’s Committee for Undergraduate Middle East Studies, which he helped to found ten years ago.

Also at the MESA conference, Singh served as a discussant for papers accepted to the Committee’s forum on undergraduate research. Sarah Pietrowski, a UMW Political Science senior, successfully presented her research titled “The Impact of Syrian Refugees on German Immigration Policy” to the same forum. She initially developed her paper in Singh’s Spring 2020 “Politics of the Middle East and North Africa” course.

Davidson Discusses America’s Alliances in New Book, Newsweek

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson’s new book, America’s Entangling Alliances, was recently published by Georgetown University Press. Description: In America’s Entangling Alliances, Professor Davidson challenges long-held assumptions about the costs and benefits of American alliances. He shows that, contrary to conventional wisdom, the United States has not been averse to forming alliances for most of its history. In fact, U.S. presidents and Congress have viewed it as in the country’s best interest to enter into a variety of security arrangements from the beginning.

Davidson also discussed the United States’ geopolitical battle with China, as well as its partners in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – Australia, Japan and India – with Newsweek. Read more.

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Communication at American University

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, “The Public Communication Strategies of President Trump,” to political science students at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the author or co-author of several books on media and politics, including Presidential Communication and Character: From Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Public Opinion Surveys: What Journalists — and News Consumers — Need to Know,” to journalism students at Virginia Commonwealth University. Professor Farnsworth is a former daily newspaper journalist and the author or coauthor of several books on media and politics, including “The Nightly News Nightmare: News Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections.”

Farnsworth also appeared in the following regional and national news stories:

Trump Is the Butt of 97% of Late-Night TV Hosts’ Presidential Candidate Jokes, Study Says (Yahoo.com)

Webb continues to outraise Good in 5th Congressional District race (Fauquier Times)

One Week to U.S. Presidential Election (CTV News Channel)

Candidates’ Response to Covid Could Define Virginia’s Congressional Races (Courthouse News Service)

Joe Biden’s COVID-19 Plan (CTV News Channel)

Whitmer: “Trump Inciting Domestic Terrorism” (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Democrats, Republicans focus on reaching voters in different ways (Henrico Citizen)

The Virginia issue dividing politicians in both parties: Redistricting (WJLA)

Trump Rallies in Pennsylvania (CTV News Channel)

Lester Appears on ‘With Good Reason,’ University of Michigan Publishing Podcasts

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science Emile Lester

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester is featured on the University of Michigan Publishing’s four-part podcast mini-series, Dialogues in Democracy: In Conversation. His most recent book, Liberalism and Leadership: The Irony of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., was published by University of Michigan Press. His episode, which airs starting on Oct. 29, also features Richard Waterman, Carol L. Silva and Hank Jenkins-Smith, authors of The Presidential Expectations Gap.

Dr. Lester will also appear on the With Good Reason public radio show in an episode that airs starting Oct. 31, entitled “Presidential Leadership.” Description: Arthur Schlesinger was the foremost presidential historian of the 20th century. Over the course of his career, he won two Pulitzer prizes and was a close friend and advisor to former president, John F. Kennedy. Emile Lester (University of Mary Washington) says Schelsinger’s work can teach us a lot about what makes a successful liberal presidency.

With Good Reason airs Sundays at 2 p.m. on Fredericksburg’s Radio IQ 88.3 Digital and at various times throughout the week on stations across Virginia and the United States. Check the website for show times.

Larus and Cooperman comment on Vietnam News on the first 2020 Presidential Debate

Professors Elizabeth Larus and Rosalyn Cooperman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs commented on the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season to Vietnam News.

View their comments at

https://vnews.gov.vn/video/the-gioi-360-ngay-03-10-2020-192534.htm?fbclid=IwAR2Y6b0l0c2dxGoDMkoPp0QAsAGGOhhvxWlkBCVPgJEwbfFWunnDzkXQK98

Farnsworth Interview Broadcast on C-SPAN

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW's Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered an online lecture, “Political Humor and the American Presidency,” that was broadcast on C-SPAN. The talk was part of the UMW’s “Mary Talks” program.

Dr. Farnsworth also has commented on the following national or regional news stories:

Larus Comments in The Diplomat on Taiwan and the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

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, Chairman of the UMW Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented on the importance of Taiwan in U.S. foreign policy in the October 5 column “U.S. Presidential Elections 2020: The Taiwan Factor” in The Diplomat.
Dr. Larus commented that the next administration’s personnel picks would largely determine U.S.-Taiwan relations after the 2020 Presidential Election.

Read her comments at
https://thediplomat.com/2020/10/us-presidential-elections-2020-the-taiwan-factor/

Cooperman Discusses Voting-Related Legal Challenges on Marketplace Radio

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman spoke with the Marketplace radio show about how voting-related legal challenges will continue past Election Day.

Rosalyn Cooperman, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, said the pandemic has played a role in the spike in donations.

“I think that COVID has incentivized giving, particularly for folks who are paying close attention to the elections that are coming down the pike,” she said. “The presidential race, but also the Senate increasingly, has become competitive not just for individual races, but also for majority party control of the Senate. And this provides lots of incentives for folks on both sides.” Listen here.