April 14, 2021

Cooperman Wins Teaching Innovation Award

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

The Gender and Political Psychology Network has named Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science at University of Mary Washington, as a recipient of its 2020 Teaching Innovation Award for her work in the classroom to empower and inspire students.

Larus Comments in Financial Times on Biden Taiwan Policy, Vietnam News on UN Proposal

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 Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented in the Financial Times that President Biden had come out with a “firmer posture” on China than most experts had expected but had also benefited from Trump’s precedent. She commented that “Some of the heavy lifting on Taiwan has already been done for him.”
https://www.ft.com/content/05d67774-fdf7-41ae-b17e-a8f2fe8e9f6f
https://oltnews.com/u-s-facilitates-diplomats-meeting-with-taiwanese-officials

Professor Larus also commented April 3 on Vietnam TV News on prospects for strengthening UN cooperation with regional organizations in peacemaking efforts, an item on the agenda as Vietnam begins official duties as (rotating) president of the UN Security Council. Professor Larus’ comments begin at 17 min into the program at https://vnews.gov.vn/video/the-gioi-360-do-ngay-03-4-2021-207815.htm

Farnsworth Comments in the News

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the 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 commented on the following news stories:

‘Election integrity’ becomes key buzzword in VA GOP race (The Washington Post; Star Tribune; Las Vegas Sun; CBS19 News)

Local Va. House of Delegates races draw a crowd (Prince William Times)

Biden Convenes First Cabinet Meeting (CTV News Channel)

Virginia Republican convention candidates set for May 8 (WINA)

Supporters Say McClellan is ‘Voice That Virginia Needs to Hear’ (RVA)

Johnny Carson and Political Humor (C-SPAN)

McClellan Vies for VA Governor Seat After 15 Years in Legislature (Virginia Patch)

The Never-ending Gun Debate (CTV News Channel)

McClellan vies for governor seat after 15 years in legislature (NBC12; Fauquier-Times)

Still barred from major platforms, Trump weighs launching new social network (KIMA CBS 29; NBC 15; abc6onyourside.com)

Larus Comments in Vietnam News on U.S.-China Alaska Meeting

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

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

In an interview with Vietnam News on the eve of the Alaska meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials, PSIA Professor Elizabeth Larus indicated that the U.S. and China, as influential countries, need to talk face-to-face. Professor Larus indicated that the timing of the meeting was significant, following China’s “Two Sessions” and the Blinken/Austin trips to allies South Korea and Japan. Dr. Larus anticipated no breakthroughs on U.S.-China relations, and that the U.S. and Chinese media would differ in their accounts of the meeting. https://baotintuc.vn/the-gioi/gioi-chuyen-gia-my-danh-gia-y-nghia-tich-cuc-cua-doi-thoai-cap-cao-mytrung-20210320200349424.htm (English translation available.)

Dr. Larus also commented on the sparks that flew between the U.S. and China at their March 17 Alaska meeting on In Focus South Asia. She indicated that Washington was likely surprised by the vehemence with which China responded to U.S. criticisms of Beijing’s actions on a number of hot button issues. Professor Larus’s comments begin at six minutes into the program. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKIJFQeL2mI

Farnsworth Delivers Online Lecture on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science and Director of the 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, “Political Humor and the American Presidency,” to the Dartmouth Club of Philadelphia. Dr. Farnsworth, a Dartmouth graduate, drew upon his recent book, “Late Night With Trump,” for that online conversation.

Dr. Farnsworth also commented on the following news stories:

Still barred from major platforms, Trump weighs launching new social network (KIMA CBS 29; NBC 15; abc6onyourside.com)

Cuomo crisis recalls Northam’s; supporters say no comparison (The Washington Post; Star Tribune; WSB-TV2)

Seeing Double (The Connection; WVTF)

American Rescue Plan (CTV News Channel)

OPINION: America was woefully unprepared for the pandemic (The DePaulia)

The Never-ending Gun Debate (CTV News Channel)

McClellan vies for governor seat after 15 years in legislature (NBC12; Fauquier-Times)

Larus Comments on Americans’ Negative Views of China

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

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

PSIA Professor and Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus commented in Courthouse news that negative rhetoric coming out of the Trump White House was not the only factor in American’s increasing negative views of China. She indicated that Americans’ once overly optimistic views of China have been trending downward amidst concerns over China’s record on politics, economics, and values. Read the article at https://www.courthousenews.com/enemy-perception-of-china-has-risen-in-america/

Cooperman Pens Blog on Impact of Republican Party Activists on Future of Party

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, professor of political science, writes about how Republican Party activists will shape the future of the Party in the London School of Economics American Politics & Policy blog: https://bit.ly/3aTqJKp

Davidson Pens FLS Editorial on Madeleine Albright for ‘Great Lives’ Lecture

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 penned an editorial in The Free Lance-Star in advance of his “Great Lives” lecture on former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Tuesday, March 2. The lecture can be viewed here.

THE NOTION that the United States can and should be a force for good in the world has been under siege from both sides of the political spectrum in recent years.

Many on the left have argued that the U.S. does more harm than good when it acts abroad and, as such, should focus exclusively on the problems it faces at home. On the right, a growing number of voices have argued that the U.S. should let others solve their problems (and suffer the consequences if they are unable to do so).

Madeleine Albright, the first female secretary of state, firmly believed that the U.S. could be a force for good in the world and, in so doing, would best serve its own interests. Read more.

Cooperman Publishes Article, Interviewed by Al-Jazeera English

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Professor of Political Science Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, was interviewed by Al-Jazeera English for a story about the second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump and the future of the Republican Party.

Cooperman also published an article, “The life of the parties: Party activists and the 2016 presidential election” in Party Politics. The permanent link for the article is https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068820988635

Cooperman also discusses women’s increased presence and clout in state legislatures with Stateline, a publication of Pew Research Trust. https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2021/02/24/women-gain-record-power-in-state-legislatures

She was also quoted in an article in the Gazette Xtra, “Women Gain Record Power in State Legislatures.” https://www.gazettextra.com/news/nation_world/women-gain-record-power-in-state-legislatures/article_2f04a69e-2604-5a97-b68a-51f0004937bd.html

Gupta Discusses India’s Farmers’ Protests on Chicago Council on World Affairs Podcast

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Surupa Gupta, professor of Political Science and International Affairs, discussed India’s farmers’ protests on the Deep Dish podcast hosted by Brian Hanson at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. India’s farmers have been protesting three laws that the Indian Parliament passed in September 2020: the laws open up farm produce marketing to various private sector actors, limiting the role and the reach of government regulations.

Gupta also published a piece on the strength of farmers as a political force in India in The Conversation, a non-profit, independent, open-access news source.