October 17, 2021

Farnsworth, Seltzer and Burkley Present Research Paper on Political Humor

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, Kate Seltzer, a 2021 graduate of UMW with degrees in Political Science and in Communication and Digital Studies, and Sally Burkley, a senior Political Science and Communication and Digital Studies double major at UMW, are coauthors of a research paper entitled, “Winning (and Losing) on Late Night: Political Humor and the 2020 Presidential Campaign,” which was presented recently at the American Political Science Association Pre-conference in Political Communication [online].

Dr. Farnsworth also commented in the following news stories:

McAuliffe: Critical Race Theory Controversies Are ‘Made Up’ by GOP to ‘Divide People’ (National Review; Daily Magazine)

Northern Virginia early voting sends possible warning signs for Democrats, McAuliffe campaign (WUSA 9)

VA-Gov: Turns Out That Trump’s GOPer Actually Supported Critical Race Theory Before He Went Full MAGA (Daily Kos)

With Dems’ Advantage in Virginia Slipping Away, Terry McAuliffe Turns to Taylor Swift (MSN; Olt News)

Negotiations break down at Virginia Redistricting Commission (Middletown Press; KOB4; NBC 4)

House Seat Shuffle (Connection Newspapers)

Several campaign events planned locally (Fauquier Times)

Biden Agenda in Balance (CTV News Channel)

Virginia’s governor race heats up with less than a month left (Courthouse News Science)

Democrats on defense as their new House majority faces its first electoral test (Virginia Mercury)

With Trump sidelined and Biden floundering, has the Virginia GOP found its mojo? – Bob Lewis (Wall Street Window)

In Virginia, no Trump on the ballot and a toss-up governor’s race only 1 month away (WUSA 9)

U.S. Government Shutdown Averted (CTV News Channel)

In tight governor’s race, Virginia GOP targeting critical race theory to draw votes (The Washington Post; Laredo Morning Times)

With Trump sidelined and Biden floundering, has the Virginia GOP found its mojo? (Virginia Mercury)

Farnsworth and Seltzer Deliver Research Paper on Political Humor

Late Night with Trump book coverStephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, and Kate Seltzer, a UMW senior double majoring in political science and communication, are co-authors of a research paper, “Late Night Political Humor and the 2020 Presidential Nomination Campaign: A Democratic Field Competes with Donald Trump,” which was delivered (online) at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association earlier this month. The paper is an update of Professor Farnsworth’s recent co-authored book, Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency.

Farnsworth also recently delivered an online lecture, “Reviewing the 2020 U.S. Election: The Challenges of Democracy in Practice,” to the University of Malaysia, Sabah. Professor Farnsworth was a Fulbright Specialist at Methodist College Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, during Summer 2019.

He also offered insight in a number of recent regional, national and international news stories:

Taking a Look at What to Expect from the 2021 General Assembly Session (WVTF)

After fueling a blue tide, Democrats in changing Virginia suburb aim high for more influence (The Washington Post; Stamford Advocate)

Big ideas face the hard reality of coronavirus as Virginia General Assembly prepares to convene (The Washington Post)

Trump supporters engage in historic attacks on U.S. democracy on a day reserved to celebrate it (The Globe and Mail)

U.S. Capitol on Lockdown (CTV News Channel)

Facebook Blocks Page of Virginia State Senator Who Spread Conspiracy Theories on Capitol Riot (dcist)

Analysis: What changes Republicans, Trump and Biden face after the storming of the Capitol (Globe and Mail, Toronto)

Divide deepens in Virginia GOP as Democrats renew calls for Trump’s early ouster (Virginia Mercury)

Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Trump Faces Second Impeachment (CTV News Channel)

Can President Trump issue pardons while impeached? Experts at odds (ctvnews.ca)

“It will be very difficult for Biden to govern with the scenario that Trump leaves him” (La Razon of Spain)

“I didn’t see a focus on issues,” says Lee Carter in explanation of candidacy for Governor (Virginia Scope)

McAuliffe announces huge fundraising numbers (Virginia Scope; Henrico Citizen)

Saturday Night Live seeks fresh Biden as political comedy faces new era (The Guardian)

Viewpoints with Todd Vanderheyden (iheart.com)

3 Prince William Supervisors Walked Out Of Unconscious Bias Training In Protest (dcist.com)