Category Archives: Department of Political Science and International Affairs

Book brief: Farnsworth to speak on book at LOW Community Center (Free Lance-Star)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington, will speak on the topic of his latest book, “Presidential Communication and Character,” at the Lake of the Woods Community Center on April 28.

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Farnsworth Presents Presidency Research at Mason Conference

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper, “The Politics of Personality: Framing Presidential Character in the Age of Trump,” at the Conference on Character Assassination in Theory and Practice at George Mason University.

Farnsworth Receives Fulbright Grant to Malaysia

Political Science Professor Stephen J. Farnsworth has received a prestigious 2019-20 U.S. Fulbright grant. He has been named a Fulbright Specialist and will spend much of the upcoming summer teaching American government at Methodist College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

T his grant is the second Fulbright award for Farnsworth, who is director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. During the 2006-2007 academic year, he was a Canada-U.S. Research Chair in Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal where he collaborated on several research articles on Canadian and U.S. politics. He also began work on The Global President: International Media and the U.S. Government, one of the six books he has authored or co-authored.

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Previewing the North Korea Summit (CTV News Canada)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his way today to the upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. We speak with Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington about what we can expect to at this upcoming meeting.

CTV News Canada: Previewing North Korea Summit

Northam imbroglio suggests a #MeToo moment on race has arrived (Washington Post)


Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the Northam controversy may trigger more revelations of racial misconduct, the same way that the #MeToo movement emboldened women to come forward after years of silence. “Other politicians who have similar controversies in their past have to be prepared for them to be disclosed,” Farnsworth said. “And there may be additional pressure on Virginia government to deal with legacies of the Confederacy and Jim Crow in terms of statues and renaming of public parks.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2019/02/04/daily-202-northam-imbroglio-suggests-a-metoo-moment-on-race-has-arrived/5c5781ce1b326b66eb098604/?utm_term=.288dad6ee08d