Farnsworth Lectures on Political Humor in Germany

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor in U.S. Presidential Elections," at Europa University Viadrina, in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. The talk, sponsored jointly by Fulbright Poland and Fulbright Germany, was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth's recently published co-authored book, Late-Night in Washington: Political Humor and the American Presidency. 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:

Jury begins deliberations in Trump Trial (CTV News)

“Well, there is really no way of knowing how long this could go,” said Stephen Farnsworth.


The Kennedy Who Wants to Dynamite the Presidential Campaign (The Sunday Tribune, Paris)

“Almost all of the voters fear the other camp enough they will avoid voting for a third party candidate to make sure that the major party candidate that they like the least does not win,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientists at the University of Mary Washington.

Closing arguments begin today in Trump’s trial (CTV News)

“This is a time when the two sides really have to take weeks of evidence and figure our a way to distill it in a way that the jury can appreciate and focus on the things that that side wants,” said Stephen Farnsworth.


Hogan makes abortion-rights stand in Senate race (WTOP)
“Gov. Hogan had to make an ad like this. In pro-choice Maryland, being a Republican in a time when Roe vs. Wade has been overturned is very difficult in a statewide election,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington.

Both sides rest in Donald Trump hush money trial (CTV News)

Well, this really wasn’t a surprise to anyone. Donald Trump always says he is going to do something,” said Stephen Farnsworth.


Prince William board signals support for 400-unit housing development in mid-county environmental zone (Inside NOVA)

“Virginia has rapidly returned to its purple state status,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington and the Center’s director.


Youngkin Vetoes Measures to Remove Tax Breaks for Confederate Heritage Group (The New York Times)

The governor has consistently worked in a direction that would endear him to the Republican base,” Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said in April, after the assembly passed the bills. He added that because of political and cultural shifts in Virginia in recent years, he expected the tax exemptions to be revoked the next time a Democrat becomes governor.