Farnsworth Receives National Political Science Award

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Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was recognized for his dedication and service to Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, at the American Political Science Association Conference earlier this month.

“Steve has long been a champion of Pi Sigma Alpha, and for 20 years has supported its mission of recognizing student excellence in political science,” said Sean Twombly, executive director of Pi Sigma Alpha. “As president, Steve helped shape new programming that emphasizes the importance of student research and its place in the undergraduate curriculum. The impact of this work will be felt for a long time.”

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Farnsworth Publishes Research Article on Virginia Politics

Virginia FlagStephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently had a co-authored research paper titled “Virginia’s 2013 Gubernatorial Race and Presidential Elections: A Comparison of News Coverage” published in the The Virginia News Letter. The Virginia News Letter is produced by the Weldon Cooper Center for Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

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First Presidential Debate Does Little to Sway Fredericksburg-area Voters (Free Lance-Star)

free lance starUniversity of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth, who hosted a debate watch on the Fredericksburg campus, said he thought neither candidate won over many new voters—echoing the thoughts of other political analysts. “In a roomful of 100 students or so, not one student said they walked into the debate favoring one candidate and walked out of the debate favoring a different one,” Farnsworth said.

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UMW Survey Draws National Media Attention

UMW logoA new University of Mary Washington survey of Virginia voters, conducted by Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, generated extensive national and regional media attention, with reports on the survey appearing in a wide range of media outlets, including CNN, Politico, FiveThirtyEight.com, the Washington Post, the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Hill, WJLA-TV, WAMU-FM, WVTF-FM,WTOP-AM, WMAL-AM, the Virginian Pilot, the Daily Press of Newport News and the Free-Lance Star.