December 1, 2020

Gupta Publishes Piece on Indian Foreign Policy

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of Political Science and International Affairs, co-edited and wrote in a forum/special section in International Studies Perspective, a peer-reviewed journal in international studies.

The forum, on Indian Foreign Policy under Modi, began as a roundtable at the 2016 annual meeting of the International Studies Association – the premier professional organization in that field.

In addition to her piece on India’s trade policy, Gupta co-wrote the introduction and co-edited the other contributions from six authors.

UMW Political Science Professor Featured on With Good Reason

University of Mary Washington Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program, March 28 to April 3.

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Associate Professor Emile Lester

The show, “Secrecy in the ‘Sunshine Era,’” will include a segment regarding new history textbooks approved by the Board of Education in Texas that a commission of experts have claimed were pushing a specific ideology. Lester was one of three faculty scholars asked by a Texas watchdog agency to review the textbooks.  He discovered that the textbooks were not only misleading, but were false. The show also will feature professors from Virginia Commonwealth University and the College of William and Mary.

With Good Reason is a program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The show airs weekly in Fredericksburg on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. on Radio IQ 88.3 Digital. To listen from outside of the Fredericksburg area, a complete list of air times and links to corresponding radio stations can be found at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/when-to-listen.  Audio files of the full program and its companion news feature will be available online March 28 at http://withgoodreasonradio.org/2015/03/secrecy-in-the-sunshine-era/.

An expert in church and state issues, Lester specializes in three key areas: controversies surrounding the teaching of religion in schools, research on tolerance of vulnerable minority groups and liberal and conservative political philosophy.

Lester is the author of Teaching About Religions: A Democratic Approach for Public Schools, which has been featured on the Washington Post’s book review website. His research on religious education has been featured by The New York Times, C-SPAN, USA Today, National Public Radio and Voice of America, in addition to With Good Reason and New York City talk radio.

In his previous teaching position at the College of William and Mary, Lester was named one of the best professors at the college by the 2005 Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s College Guide.

Lester received a bachelor’s degree in government from George Washington University, a master’s degree in political theory from the London School of Economics and a doctorate in government and foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

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Farnsworth Opinion Column in Washington Post

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is the author of an opinion column entitled, “How Gerrymandering cost Virginia its Medicaid Expansion,” published in the Washington Post on Jan. 18. The column incorporates the results of a recent UMW statewide poll of Virginians.

Farnsworth Discusses McDonnell Conviction in Regional News

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has appeared in a number of media outlets discussing the sentencing of former Governor Bob McDonnell over his federal corruption conviction as well as the start of the 2015 Virginia legislative session, including the Washington Post, National Public Radio, WUSA-TV, WJLA-TV, the Richmond-Times Dispatch, and Reuters.

Farnsworth Discusses Elections

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave four recent public lectures on the 2014 U.S. and Virginia elections: to the Virginia Business Forum in Richmond, to the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance, to Mary Washington ElderStudy and to the Fredericksburg area Unitarian Universalists.

In addition, Farnsworth appeared in a number of media outlets discussing the results of the recent midterm elections, including the “Washington Post,” the “Richmond-Times Dispatch,” “Talking Points Memo,” the “Virginian Pilot,” “WJLA-TV,” and “WAMU-FM,” the Washington area National Public Radio affiliate.

Lester Authors Op-Ed in The Dallas Morning News

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester’s column “Textbooks proposed for Texas schools open can of worms,” was recently published in “The Dallas Morning News.”

In addition, he co-authored “Texas textbooks set to mislead our students in American history, government” that was recently published on “WacoTrib.com” and “Education a casualty of Texas textbook wars” in the “Longview News-Journal.”

Farnsworth, Hanna and Hermerding Publish Research

A research project on the 2014 U.S. Senate election in Virginia co-authored by Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, Stephen Hanna, professor of geography and Benjamin Hermerding, an Alvey Scholar at UMW and a research associate at the center, was featured in the Washington Post and published in the Daily Kos, a leading online news source.

 

 

 

Farnsworth Gives Lecture at Norwegian Washington Seminar

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave a lecture entitled “Is ‘House of Cards’ Really Fiction? U.S. Political Corruption, Voter Anger and the 2014 Elections,” at the Norwegian Washington Seminar in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Farnsworth Gives Lecture on Foreign Policy

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, gave a public lecture on “International Media, the U.S. Government and Foreign Policy Crises,” at the Ingleside at Rock Creek Forum in Washington, DC., earlier this month. The talk was drawn from his co-authored book, “The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government.”