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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

Virginia Democratic delegates overwhelmingly back Kamala Harris for presidential nomination (Virginia Dogwood)

“A contentious debate within the party would have created further division for Democrats, which would have further undermined the chances of whoever ended up the nominee,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “The prompt action by so many delegates demonstrated that Democratic officials recognize they need to be unified as soon as possible to prepare for the election ahead.”


Farnsworth Pens Piece on Nation’s Sentiments Toward Kamala Harris for ‘The Conversation’

Farnsworth Pens Piece on Nation’s Sentiments Toward Kamala Harris for ‘The Conversation’ Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies Stephen Farnsworth penned a recent piece for The Conversation titled "GOP attacks against Kamala Harris were already bad – they are about to get worse." By Stephen J. Farnsworth Public opinion polls suggest that U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris is doing slightly better than Joe Biden was against Donald Trump, but Republican attacks against her are only now ramping up. Link
Other recent media mentions for Farnsworth include:
Virginia convention delegation backs Harris, turnout to be key, analysts say (Richmond Times-Dispatch) “Harris may generate some increased support among those people sometimes called the ‘double haters,’ people not happy with either Biden or Trump as nominees,” said Stephen Farnsworth,  a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-kamala-harris-democratic-national-convention/article_84b8c018-48f6-11ef-8e71-dbe9c21554c0.html

Dr. Farnsworth’s International Programs

J. William Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Humanities and Social Sciences: Poland

J. William Fulbright Research Chair in Public Policy: Canada

J. William Fulbright Specialist: Malaysia

U.S. State Department International Lectures: Poland, 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: Poland, Germany, Norway, Canada, Switzerland

National Democratic Institute International Election Monitoring: Cambodia

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