Author, political analyst and professor Stephen Farnsworth will rejoin the UMW faculty in January to open the Center for Leadership and Media Studies on the Fredericksburg campus. He also will teach in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs.
The center will engage students in conducting research and political opinion surveys that study the role media plays in state and national politics, including the presidential election.
“So much of how we follow our government depends on what the media chooses to write or broadcast or post online,” according to Farnsworth, who currently is associate professor of communications at George Mason University. “We will examine news content, conduct opinion surveys of citizens and evaluate how they view government officials, government policies and media sources.” Read news release.