December 1, 2020

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.

Cooperman Interviewed on WAMU About Early Voting in 2020 Elections

Rosalyn Cooperman, Professor of Political Science, appeared on WAMU’s Morning Edition to discuss early voting in Virginia ahead of the 2020 presidential and congressional elections.

Early Voting In Virginia Kicks Off With Long Lines Around The Polls

Larus Comments on Tik Tok on CBN News

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, Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, commented on CBN News on U.S. bans of popular Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat. In her September 18 interview, Professor Larus warned that TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing social networking service, feeds the facial recognition and user data that it collects to China. WeChat is a Chinese messaging app. Its messages are not encrypted, which allows the Chinese government to read messages.

View the interview at
https://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2020/september/us-banning-wechat-tiktok-citing-national-security

Farnsworth Lectures on 2020 Elections

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 Exceptional Election Year of 2020: Anger, Protest, Economic Anxiety and Covid-19,” for Virginia Revenue Commissioners Conference.

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

Early voting turnout hits record numbers in Virginia (Fox5DC)

Virginia early voting nears 200,000 in first week (WTVR; The Free Lance-Star; WHSV)

164,000 cast ballots in first week of early voting in Virginia (Daily Progress)

Polls show Virginia voters favor Biden (Galax Gazette)

Poll of Virginia Voters Favors Biden and Warner; Shows Mixed Support for Mail-In Voting (RVA Magazine)

Virginia sees massive early voting lines ahead of general election (New York Post)

Virginians to Decide Fate of Controversial Redistricting Amendment (Courthouse News Services)

Viewpoints with Todd van der Heyden (CJAD)

Post-debate Review (CP24)

Debate Showdown (CTV News Channel)

Trump to Fill Supreme Court Vacancy (CTV News Channel)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87 (CTV News Channel)

Expert tells ABC7 rapidly replacing RBG before the election would be ‘unprecedented’ (WJLA)

Wittman, Rashid spar on Social Security, climate change, COVID-19 response in 2nd debate (Prince William Times)

Wittman, Rashid exchange barbs in Monday night debate (The Free Lance-Star)

The United Nations turns 75 (VOA News)