Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at International Affairs at University of Mary Washington and director of its Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is a recipient of a prestigious 2017 Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). This statewide teaching award recognizes 12 outstanding college and university professors from across the Commonwealth each year.
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“Americans are angry and frustrated, as they have been for years,” UMW political scientist Steve Farnsworth said. “The election of President Trump, and his first six months in office, did not change those general public feelings of cynicism that have been prominent in US public opinion since the 1960s.”
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the commercial is the kind of ad to be expected in Virginia’s usually combative elections, but a sharp contrast from the “largely respectful tone” of the debate.
“It’s a powerful message to swing voters, who are far more concerned about their communities than what President Trump said today,” Farnsworth said in an email.