May 28, 2020

Farnsworth Comments on Trump’s Attacks on Mail-In Voting

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, was recently interviewed by Courthouse News about Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting.

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, which is nestled inside Fredericksburg, wasn’t surprised by the increased absentee turnout. In a phone interview, he said voters not only enjoy the convenience and safety of voting by mail, but it is commonplace even in some red states.

“Trump is trying to make absentee voting a partisan issue but it’s really not. Some of the most Republican states in the country have mail-in ballot systems statewide,” Farnsworth said about the president’s Twitter outburst. Read more.

Larus Comments on U.S. Protests Over Excessive Lockdown Measures

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Freund Larus

Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Fulbright Scholar offered comments on Indus News on U.S. protests over coronavirus-related measures. Professor Larus claims that U.S. citizens are within their constitutional rights to assembly and freedom speech in protesting excessive lockdown measures imposed by some governors. View the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZwFvwG7bpo

 

Farnsworth Comments in the Regional and National 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 and national news stories:

A Look at What to Expect from the General Assembly Next Week (WVTF)

Virginia Lawmakers Reject Bid to Delay May Elections (Courthouse News Service)

Can Michelle Obama be Joe Biden’s running mate? Experts say she is popular and a ‘very effective choice’ (meaww)

University of Mary Washington on WHRV 89.5

Elizabeth Larus: Together Again

Spending 14 days in quarantine is difficult. But it’s even harder when you have to avoid loved ones you haven’t seen for the past three months.

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Just ask Mary Washington Political Science Professor Elizabeth Larus, who was recently evacuated from Poland due to the coronavirus outbreak. She had been there combing through archives and meeting with European scholars since late December.

The recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship grant, Larus – an expert in Chinese politics who earned UMW’s Waple Professorship last year – was researching the impact that China’s Belt and Road Initiative, also known as the new Silk Road, has had on Eastern and Central Europe. Hosted by Marie Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, she spent several days visiting Hungary in early March, returning just 48 hours before Poland closed its borders.

“The Polish government was extremely proactive,” she said. “Other than pharmacies, grocery stores and other essential businesses, they shut everything down very quickly.”

Armed with a face mask, gloves and hand sanitizer, Larus managed to catch a flight home before everything was locked down. Sequestered in her room at home for the last two weeks, she kept herself busy working, completing crossword puzzles and organizing her closet.

She also caught up on reading. Larus just finished We Were the Lucky Ones, based on the true story of a Jewish family living in Poland during World War II – not far from where she lived there. The survival tale is fitting for the times we’re living in, said Larus. “After the war was over, they were all together again.”

The same could be said for Larus. After three months – and two long weeks – she finally reunited with her husband and three children on Sunday.

Q: What were some of your most memorable experiences in Poland?
A: Exploring the churches and cathedrals, and enjoying fresh bread, pastries and doughnuts at Polish bakeries and cafés.

Q: Is there anything the U.S. can learn from how China is handling the pandemic?
A: Looking at China and its lack of transparency about its recovery, we shouldn’t get overly optimistic about how fast we’re going to get over this economic setback.

Q: Have you had any virtual contact with your students or colleagues?
A: I’ve responded to departmental emails and to a few students who have reached out. I’m still on educational leave, so I’m not advising or teaching this semester.

Q: What do you miss the most about being on the UMW campus?
A: Interacting with my students.

Q: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
A: Traveling and engaging with foreign scholars.

Q: The most challenging?
A: Teaching is easy, but it’s hard to evaluate and grade someone else’s work.

Q: What would people be surprised to learn about you?
A: Like Forrest Gump, I’ve been in the right place at the right time. I’ve met the Emperor and Empress of Japan, the President of Taiwan, investor Warren Buffett and children’s author Maurice Sendak; and I’ve had lunch with news broadcaster Tom Brokaw. I was also housemates with Ginni Lamp, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife.

Q: What’s the first thing you did when you got out of quarantine?
A: Hug my family. My son is on the verge of completing his first year at UMW, and one of my daughters just received her UMW acceptance letter!

Farnsworth Comments on Upcoming Elections in Henrico Citizen

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

Professor of Political Science Stephen Farnsworth, who is also the director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented in the Henrico Citizen on the possibility of using mail-in or absentee ballots for upcoming elections.

The groups are asking for provisions such as free or prepaid postage, allowing ballots postmarked by election day to count, in addition to extending early voting periods for in-person voting. Two possible alternatives to replace voting in person are mail-in and absentee ballots, according to Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg that specializes in media and elections.

Farnsworth believes it’s unlikely that the November U.S. presidential election will be delayed, but said voters may see changes at the polls.

“Even for states that don’t make the switch away from largely in-person voting, you can expect much greater opportunities for no-excuse-required early and absentee voting,” Farnsworth said. Read more.

Larus Comments on Presidents Suspending Constitutional Rights During Crises

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Elizabeth Larus

Elizabeth Larus, professor of political science and international affairs, contributed to an article entitled, “Can President Trump suspend constitutional rights of Americans due to the coronavirus crisis? Experts say unlikely,” on MEAWW.com.

“There has been talk of suspending the Constitution during times of crisis, such as President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s extraordinary wartime powers, such as the internment of Americans of Japanese descent,” Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor of Department of Political Science, University of Mary Washington told MEA WorldWide (MEAWW).

“Americans have (sometimes grudgingly, sometimes willingly) acquiesced to enhanced executive power during times of national crisis, with the understanding that things ‘get back to normal’ once the crisis has passed. This, in fact, happened during WWII. However, that was when Americans had faith in our government. Americans no longer have that level of trust in the federal government,” she 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:

Grading the region’s coronavirus response: Hogan 1st, Northam last, and Bowser in the middle (The Washington Post)

National Media Discover Gov. Hogan: ’The Republican Who Gets It’ (Maryland Matters)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Hey (CJAD Montreal)

Virginia Judge Loosens Ballot Signature Rules Amid Pandemic (Courthouse News Service)

Farnsworth Comments on Virginia Budget on WAMU

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 the following story on WAMU, “Virginia Lawmakers Pass $135b Budget, Despite Calls to Delay Amid Health Scare.”

“Budgets are always vulnerable to timing,” said political scientist Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington. Still, he added, “you are looking at an environment that the Democratic majority is trying to increase funding for issues that Democrats campaigned on last year.” Read more.

 

Davidson Presents Lecture, Paper at Boston University

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson

Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Jason Davidson recently delivered a public lecture titled “Allies’ Contributions to America’s Wars: Free Rides or Shared Burdens?” at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University on March 5. Following his presentation, Dr. Davidson also spoke with New York Times reporters compiling a special section on the “Costs of War Since 9/11.”

The next day, he presented a paper titled “America’s Allies and the Cost of War since 9/11” to a small, invited author workshop on “20 Years of War,” also at the Pardee Center. The paper benefited from undergraduate research performed by senior International Affairs major Rachel McVicker.

Farnsworth Delivers Lectures on ‘Late Night with Trump’

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 three invited lectures entitled, “Political Humor and the Donald Trump Presidency,” which were drawn from his new co-authored book, Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency. The talks were delivered at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT and the Georgetown Day School in Washington, DC. Dr. Farnsworth was also interviewed regarding this co-authored book by Transition Virginia, a leading Virginia podcast. Listen here.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Democratic trifecta sparks a revolution for LGBTQ Virginians (NBC News.com)

“Late Night with Trump” and Scorched Earth Humor

Democrats Promised To Change Virginia. Here Are Six Areas Where They Made Moves (WAMU)

Year of Fear, Chapter Five: Are Democrats an Endangered Species in Caroline County? Maybe Not. (CJR.org)

Biden Victories Calm the Waters as Sanders’ Ship Founders (The Well News)

Late-Night Comedy Is No Laughing Matter (Public Affairs Council)

Speaker probes political humor in age of Trump (Saint Michael’s College)