Stephen Farnsworth

Stephen Farnsworth
  • Political Sci & Int'l Affairs
  • Academic Degrees

    • B.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City
    • B.A., Dartmouth College
    • M.A., Georgetown University
    • Ph.D., Georgetown University
  • Areas of Expertise

    • American Elections
    • American Government
    • American Presidency
    • Internet Politics
    • Mass Media and Politics
    • Virginia Government and Politics


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. He is the author or co-author of five books: The Global President? International News and the U.S. Government (Rowman & Littlefield), The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008 (Rowman & Littlefield), Spinner in Chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves (Paradigm), The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance (Rowman & Littlefield) and Political Support in a Frustrated America (Praeger) as well as dozens of scholarly articles on the presidency, the mass media, U.S. public opinion and Virginia politics.

Dr. Farnsworth is Chair of the Political Communication Section of American Political Science Association and a former Canada-US Fulbright Research Chair in Public Policy at McGill University in Montreal. He received a Ph.D. and an M.A. in government from Georgetown University, a B.A. in history from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a B.A. in government from Dartmouth College. Dr. Farnsworth, who worked for 10 years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a professor, has lectured on the news media and elections and led reporter training seminars in India, the Philippines, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Armenia and Estonia through programs funded by the U.S. government.

Dr. Farnsworth has won three campus-wide teaching awards at Mary Washington: the Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, the Mary W. Pinschmidt Teaching Award and the Richard Palmieri Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Farnsworth also has taught at Georgetown, McGill and George Mason universities.