January 25, 2020

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

Farnsworth Comments in the 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, moderated seven state legislative debates in advance of 2019 Virginia legislative elections, two debates for the Senate of Virginia and five debates for House of Delegate seats. Those candidate debates were held in Prince William County, Stafford County and the City of Fredericksburg and involved candidates seeking to represent those political jurisdictions as well as other neighboring counties.

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

Cole’s win helps flip House of Delegates for Democrats (The Free Lance-Star)

Analysis: Donations flood competitive races in election home stretch (RVA HUB; WHSV 3)

Alleged ballot foul-ups plaguing some Stafford precincts (The Free Lance-Star)

Virginia College Students Weigh in Before Election Day (WTVR; Patch.com)

Trump Lashes Out After Impeachment Vote (CTV News Channel)

Fight over energy policy fuels Virginia election spending (The Washington Post; apnews.com; WHSV; CBS19)

2019 Prince William County Election Guide (Inside Nova)

Absentee voting much higher this year than in 2015 (The Free Lance-Star)

Hampton Roads will be a major battleground as Democrats try to take power in Richmond (The Virginian-Pilot)

‘The party needs to have a tough conversation’: Republicans play catch-up when it comes to diversity (The Virginia Mercury)

In contest for Black’s seat, focus on gun violence, response to Justin Fairfax allegations (The Washington Post; Westport News)

Gupta Presents Research on India-China Economic Relations at the University of Heidelberg

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Surupa Gupta

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, presented a paper titled “India-China Economic Relations: Competition, Conflict and Cooperation” at a seminar on The Future of Sino-Indian Relations: Problems and Prospects at the Center for Asian and Transatlantic Studies at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany on October 18, 2019. The one-and-a-half day seminar covered the relations between China and India and the prospect of conflict and cooperation between the two in issue areas such as security, economics, culture and society, environment and regional influence in South Asia.

Farnsworth and Seltzer ’21 Publish Opinion Column in the Washington Post

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 Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Kate Seltzer ’21, a double major in political science and communication at UMW and a research associate at the center, recently published a column in The Washington Post entitled “No matter who controls Virginia’s legislature, redistricting reform must continue.”

No matter who controls Virginia’s legislature, redistricting reform must continue (The Washington Post)

 

Farnsworth has been quoted in a number of other recent regional and national news stories:

Va. Senate Candidates Ramp Up Attack Ads Ahead Of Election Day (WHSV; Henrico Citizen; RVA Hub)

Two years ago, their race ended in a tie. Now they’re back for a rematch. (The Washington Post)

Will Higher Interest Lead to Higher Turnout on Election Day? (WVTF)

Democrats Poised to Take Over Virginia Legislature, Poll Shows (Courthouse News Service)

National Interest in Virginia’s Statehouse Elections is Drawing Big Fundraising Numbers (WVTF)

Lobby to end gun violence outspends NRA by over half million (WHSV)