Farnsworth Publishes 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 eighth published book on U.S. politics.

Some recent media mentions of Dr. Farnsworth include:

Why is the 2023 Virginia general election important? Here’s what’s at stake. (The Washington Post)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, told ABC News that by not entirely closing the door on joining the 2024 race, Youngkin has been able to get national media buzz and high-profile donors to care about Virginia’s relatively smaller scale elections. “Youngkin has played this scenario very well,” Farnsworth said. “It’s better to be talked about than not.”


Abortion and Taxes Are Key Issues Driving the Fight for Legislative Control (Governing.com)

“If a Democrat isn’t talking about abortion, he or she is committing political malpractice,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. “It’s proven to be a winner in many places.”


Control of Virginia’s state Legislature is on the ballot Tuesday (CBS News)

“The key question that will come out of Virginia’s legislative elections is, can Republicans limit the political damage on abortion, by talking about a 15-week ban instead of being pro-life?” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.


Election Night Sweep Gives Democrats Control Of Virginia General Assembly (DCist)

“Once upon a time, Virginia had moderate Republicans and moderate Democrats. It told the extremists which way it was going to be,” Farnsworth says. “But now, increasingly, the Republicans and the Democrats both are more cohesive caucuses and an environment where more extreme politicians are able to do better than they have done.”

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Democrats take back the House, keep majority in the state Senate (Cardinal News)

“This outcome can be explained in three words: Roe vs. Wade,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington.


Abortion Rights Ratified by Tuesday’s Election Results (Governing)

“Republicans really suffered in those suburban districts where abortion is an important issue,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.