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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.”

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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.

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Virginia’s 10th Congressional District primary is getting expensive (Virginia Public Media)

“It’s a rare opportunity for Democrats to see an open congressional seat in the Washington suburbs, and that means that you have a huge field and a huge amount of money being spent,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “This may end up being one of the most expensive Democratic congressional primaries in the history of Virginia.”

 

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District primary is getting expensive (VPN)

Spotlight on Northern Virginia: Races to watch in June 18 primary election (WTOP)

“Unlike a situation where someone is leaving the House of Delegates to run for the state Senate, Virginia elections are on odd-numbered years and congressional elections on even-numbered years,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Win or lose, you can keep your state Senate seat or your state House of Delegates seat if you’re running for Congress this year.”

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Farnsworth Lectures on Media and U.S. Elections in Germany

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "Mass Media and U.S. Presidential Elections," at German-American Institute Saxony (DAI-S) in Leipzig, Germany. The talk, sponsored jointly by DAI-S, Fulbright Germany, and the American Studies Center of the University of Leipzig, was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth’s recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump. Dr. Farnsworth is serving at the University of Warsaw in Poland as a Spring 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.

 

In addition, recent media mentions for Dr. Farnsworth include:

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District primary is getting expensive (VPN)

“It’s a rare opportunity for Democrats to see an open congressional seat in the Washington suburbs, and that means that you have a huge field and a huge amount of money being spent,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “This may end up being one of the most expensive Democratic congressional primaries in the history of Virginia.”

https://www.vpm.org/news/2024-06-11/virginias-10th-congressional-district-primary-is-getting-expensive

The Democratic primary in Virginia’s 10th congressional district is getting expensive. Where is all the money coming from? (WAMU)
“It’s a rare opportunity for Democrats to see an open congressional seat in the Washington suburbs, and that means that you have a huge field and a huge amount of money being spent,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “This may end up being one of the most expensive Democratic congressional primaries in the history of Virginia.”
https://wamu.org/story/24/06/07/virginia-10th-district-democratic-primary-campaign-spending/

Political newcomer who blew whistle on Trump faces experienced foes in Democratic primary (ABC News)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Vindman’s lack of political experience is offset by his popularity nationally among activists, who have donated to his campaign in droves.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/political-newcomer-blew-whistle-trump-faces-experienced-foes-110918838

NoVa primaries defined by crowded field, experts say (VPM)

“Most of these candidates are going to agree on 90, maybe even 95% of the issues,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington. “When you have this kind of intramural party contest, it’s often hard, particularly in a big field, to stand up for something that others are not also standing up for.”

https://www.vpm.org/news/2024-06-06/virginia-seventh-tenth-congress-primary-elections

Conviction of Donald Trump and the Impact on American Democracy (Soundcloud)

“It is true that the founding fathers did not put in the constitution the prohibition against a felon running for elected office mainly because they thought they would not need to. They thought that the judgment of the public would be sufficiently discerning,” said Stephen Farnsworth.

https://soundcloud.com/the-public-morality/episode-330-stephen-farnsworth

Biden Signs Order Shutting Down Mexico Border Asylum Requests (CTV News)

“Well, this is something that clearly had to happen for the Biden campaign to deal with the biggest issue, or at least one of the two biggest issues that Biden is facing with the vote right not,” said Stephen Farnsworth.

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2934350

13 candidates vie for Virginia’s most competitive congressional district (WVTF)

When Abigail Spanberger announced plans to give up her spot in Congress to run for Governor in Virginia, the news touched off a feeding frenzy according to Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “There is a huge list of candidates running in Virginia’s 7th District. It’s a Prince William, Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania County district that is the most competitive district of the 11 congressional districts in Virginia,” he says.

https://www.wvtf.org/news/2024-06-05/13-candidates-vie-for-virginias-most-competitive-congressional-district