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Farnsworth Publishes New Book on Political Humor

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, is coauthor of a new book, Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency, recently published by Routledge. This project is Professor Farnsworth’s ninth published book on U.S. politics.

From the publisher: “This book traces the trajectory of late-night political humor, which has long been a staple of entertainment television and is now a prominent part of social media political discourse, especially when it comes to the presidency. From Richard Nixon on Laugh-In to Donald Trump’s avatar on Saturday Night Live, this book takes the next step and considers how late-night comedy treats Joe Biden, the new American president who strives to restore a civil public tone but offers far less comedy fodder than his predecessor. Employing content analysis, public opinion surveys, and a variety of other quantitative and qualitative research, the authors look beyond the day-to-day memes and mimes of late-night comics and show how political humor may evolve. For students and scholars of politics and the media, this book will appeal to the general public and political pundits as well.”

Ordering info here

Prof. Stephen J. Farnsworth Named a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Poland During Spring 2024

The University of Warsaw is delighted to announce that next semester the American Studies Center will be hosting Professor Stephen J. Farnsworth as a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar. Prof. Farnsworth will teach a pro-seminar on presidential communication, an excellent choice for everyone interested in political communication and/or political science. He will also deliver a lecture on the state of presidential elections during the Spring 2024 ASC Colloquium Series.

Stephen J. Farnsworth is Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. Prof. Farnsworth is the author or co author of nine books on the presidency, the mass media, public opinion, and journalism. He also has received the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.


Dr. Farnsworth’s International Programs

Fulbright Scholar: Poland, Canada

Fulbright Specialist: Malaysia

U.S. State Department International Lectures: Malaysia, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Canada, India, Armenia, Ukraine, the Philippines

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) Media Training Seminars: Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

International University Lectures and Research Conferences: Norway, Canada, Switzerland, Germany

National Democratic Institute International Election Monitoring: Cambodia

Other International Travel: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Ecuador, United Kingdom, France, Mexico

Farnsworth Gives Input on all Things Political

Farnsworth Gives Input on all Things Political

Stephen Farnsworth, Professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington, has been quoted by a variety of news organizations on stories relating to U.S. and Virginia politics in recent weeks. They include:


Lucas: Alexandria arena deal is dead as far as she’s concerned (Virginia Business)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said Monday that he thinks “greater deference and a sweeter deal are necessary to make this package happen. At some point, if Youngkin wants this deal, he will have to bend on important Democratic priorities, including more funding for education.” Read more.

In Virginia, 15 candidates are vying to replace Spanberger in Congress (The Washington Post)

“Open congressional seats don’t happen very often, and when they do, everyone who imagines themselves a congressman or congresswoman is going to be looking at that seriously,” said Steve Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “That’s happening for both parties because this is a really competitive district.” Read more.

Why did Virginia Democrats vote to advance an abortion restriction? (WVTF)

“It puts Republicans in a tough spot,” said University of Mary Washington Professor Stephen Farnsworth. “They either have to vote for this extreme position and then face whatever backlash might exist, or not vote for it and run the risk of losing a primary to someone who says they’re not conservative enough.” Read more.

How to Watch The Daily Show: Stream Season 29 Premiere Live, TV Channel (Sports Illustrated)

“The world has changed a great deal politically, and late-night comedy has changed along with it,” said Stephen Farnsworth, author of Late Night With Trump: Political Humor and the American Presidency. “It is a much darker and more cynical environment than it was before Donald Trump became president. Read more.

General Assembly reaches midpoint, with fights ahead over arena, cannabis, guns and taxes (Cardinal News)

“The midterm grade is an incomplete,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “So far Republicans have been doing what Republicans do, and Democrats have been doing what Democrats do, each side doing what they can to lock in their base voters, but the hard questions have yet to be answered.” Read more.

The Cost of the Potomac Yard Arena “Has Just Gone Up” for Youngkin (Washingtonian

“The odds of success right now are bleak, well under 50/50,” University of Mary Washington political science professor and longtime Virginia General Assembly watcher Stephen Farnsworth tells Washingtonian in an e-mail. “A deal often can be had across partisan lines, but the cost for the governor of securing the support of Democratic legislative majorities has just gone up.” Read more.

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