December 8, 2019

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)

Larus Offers Dahlgren Lecture on China’s New Silk Road

Elizabeth Freund Larus, 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, offered a National Security Lecture on China’s New Silk Road to JWACS engineers at the UMW Dahlgren campus on October 23. Dr. Larus claimed that China is building the New Silk Road to expand its commercial and political influence and to have a more prominent status and role in global affairs. Some observers of the project see it as an effort to remake the global balance of power, and as the costs of many of the proposed projects have skyrocketed, opposition has grown in some participant countries.

French Study Abroad Sparks Joy in Alumnus

Stephen Lamm ’19, traveled abroad twice while at UMW – once on a faculty-led trip to Québec and also on a semester-long study abroad in Grenoble, France, which led him to visit 11 European countries. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Stephen Lamm ’19, traveled abroad twice while at UMW – once on a faculty-led trip to Québec and also on a semester-long study abroad in Grenoble, France, which led him to visit 11 European countries. Photo by Suzanne Carr Rossi.

Stephen Lamm ’19 was a junior at Mary Washington when he studied abroad at the foot of the Alps. During those four months, he learned to speak fluent French and trekked across Europe. He also lost his grandfather – and found himself.

As an openly gay student who led UMW’s College Republicans, Lamm spent his college career crossing boundaries and building coalitions within his own party and across the aisle. Overseas, though, he had to rely on a new set of voices to see him through a difficult time.

“I was in a foreign country, speaking a different language, and yet I found myself surrounded by friends who felt like family,” said Lamm, who now manages health insurance cases as a legal analyst at a boutique D.C. law firm. Read more. 

In celebration of International Education Week 2019, Nov. 18 to 22, UMW shares stories of students who have studied abroad. One in three Mary Washington students volunteers, interns, conducts research, or joins a faculty-led trip or other UMW-approved experience outside the United States, according to Center for International Education (CIE) Director Jose SainzVisit CIE or call (540) 654-1434 for more information.

Cooperman Comments on Kentucky Governor-Elect

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman commented on Kentucky Governor-Elect Andy Beshear’s decision to select for his transition team longtime supporters of his family’s political campaigns.

According to the article, “The most active and involved Democrats are oftentimes most likely to be giving money to support their candidate, said Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.

‘This is intuitive,’ she said. ‘The electoral context is that Democrats – or any party – are strategic actors if they want to win.’

And money is critical to win in a high-profile, competitive race, Cooperman said.” Read more. 

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:

How Much is Too Much for Virginia’s New Democratic Majority? (WVTF)

The Score: Virginia Elections, Candidates Speak, Assessing Politics, Business Ethics, Gerald Baliles (Bearing Drift)

Suburban voters were key to Democratic takeover in Virginia — and both parties will need to keep wooing them (The Virginian-Pilot)

Maloney: Trump’s 2nd Phone Call Not Relevant (CTV News Channel)

This Week in Richmond: Elections 2019 Review (VPM NPR)

Public impeachment hearings will ‘harden’ rift (cp24.com)

Diplomats Testify in Trump Impeachment Inquiry (CTV News Channel)

After defeating Miles, Davenport plans to scrap reforms (Chesterfield Observer)

Cox wins reelection but loses speakership (Chesterfield Observer)

 

Cooperman Talks Cost of Virginia General Assembly Elections

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Associate Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman was recently interviewed for a story on WAMU on how even extremely well-funded campaigns lost in the Virginia General Assembly elections last week.

According to the story, “Virginia is one of only a few states to hold elections in off-off years, and both parties saw this year’s vote as a bellwether for the 2020 presidential race.  Virginia had already drawn national attention after Democrats shrank the majority in the House of Delegates in 2017 by flipping 15 seats, political scientist Rosalyn Cooperman at the University of Mary Washington noted.”

“‘You’ve immediately raised the stakes for the next election because Democrats came within a whisker of taking both the House of Delegates and the state Senate,’ Cooperman said. ‘You’re coming into an election cycle that’s going to raise the profile of these races.'” Read more. 

Larus interviewed by CNBC Asia on Upcoming Taiwan Presidential Election

Elizabeth Freund Larus, 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, indicated October 9 on CNBC Asia Squawk Box that unrest in Hong Kong has given Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen a boost in her reelection bid. Dr. Larus claimed that the Hong Kong protests have widened the race between the incumbent Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive party (DPP) and the Nationalist Party’s (KMT) candidate and mayor of Kaohsiung city Han Kuo-yu. Larus predicted that Tsai is likely to win re-election in the January 2020 race, and that China-Taiwan relations would continue to be chilly well into Tsai’s second term.

View part of the interview at:

https://www.cnbc.com/video/2019/10/10/hong-kongs-unrest-has-given-taiwans-president-a-boost-professor.html