Category Archives: Professional Notes

Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing Dynamics (Washington Post, Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Farnsworth, Hanna Columns on Virginia’s Changing DynamicsOp-ed columns by Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science, and Stephen P. Hanna, professor of geography, appeared recently in  The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch respectively. The columns, “This one map shows the Republicans’ problem in Virginia” (Post) and “Virginia’s Changing Dynamics (Times-Dispatch),” provided a post-mortem of the Virginia elections.

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Farnsworth Speaks to White House Fellows on Political Parties

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently delivered a White House Fellows lecture titled “The Identity Crises of the Democratic and Republican Parties” in Washington. The lecture was at the annual leadership meeting of current and former White House Fellows.

Farnsworth Presents Research on Presidential Politics and Humor

​Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “Donald Trump and the Late-Night Political Humor of Campaign 2016: All The Donald, All the Time” at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association in San Francisco.

Farnsworth Lectures at Virginia Boys State

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered a lecture titled “Virginia’s Candidate Selection Process: Examining Recent Primaries and Conventions” at the American Legion Boys State of Virginia at Radford University on June 21. The week-long government education program brings together nearly 700 of Virginia’s top male high school students to study the Commonwealth.

Farnsworth Sends Novel Gift to Kazakhstan University

A recent gift to a university in Almaty, Kazakhstan, speaks volumes about the University of Mary Washington’s take on philanthropy and fostering international knowledge.

One U.S. State Department email to Mary Washington Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Stephen J. Farnsworth brought this response: a donation of more than 100 books to al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

Farnsworth and his colleagues – many of whom have studied and taught in places similar to al-Farabi, where resources are limited – liked the idea, too. His personal experiences working with journalists and students in nations of the former Soviet Union made the book drive a “priority project” for him, said Farnsworth, Director of UMW’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

“I know firsthand how little of the readily available materials provide students and professionals with American scholarly perspectives on democracy, international development and the U.S. political system,” he said. “These books can help expose these students to English-language research in the U.S. and nations around the world.”

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Farnsworth Presents Research on Presidential Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a research paper titled “President Obama’s Use of New Media: Enacting the Affordable Care Act and Defining Presidential Character” at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Vancouver, Canada.

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