Political Science and International Relations

Professor Rosalyn Cooperman receives the first John M. Kramer Faculty Award


At the 2017 annual Spring Awards ceremony, Professor Rosalyn Cooperman received the first John M. Kramer Faculty Award. This award is an acknowledgement of Professor Cooperman’s dedication to students, service to the University, and contributions to academia.

Established in 2016, the John M. Kramer Faculty Award is named for Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs John Kramer. In celebration of Professor Kramer’s distinguished career, his wife, Mary Louise, and 169 other prominent alumni of the department and the European Capitals program joined forces to establish this endowment. The donors hope that, through this endowment, promising faculty will continue to maximize students’ potential through teaching, mentoring, and the pursuit of scholarly excellence. As stated in the Award’s terms of agreement, “The recipient shall be an outstanding faculty member in the Department of Political Science and International Affairs who has demonstrated dedication and excellence in teaching, scholarly endeavor, and student mentoring.

Professor Cooperman has taught and encouraged hundreds of students since she joined the Faculty at Mary Washington in 2003. Professionally focused on elections and women in politics, Professor Cooperman contributed to the development of Women and Gender Studies at Mary Washington. Professor Cooperman’s contributions to academia are numerous, and she currently has half a dozen works in progress or currently under review.  Her recent work focused on the role of women in campaign fundraising. In addition, Professor Cooperman has collaborated on research with students and faculty members from other departments at Mary Washington. In the past, she served as the principal investigator for five important surveys and studies of political convention delegates. Professor Cooperman has also served as a manuscript reviewer for seven peer review academic journals, a difficult and vital service to academia. For the past eight years Professor Cooperman has served as the faculty advisor to the Pi Sigma Alpha Honors Society and served on multiple committees for the University.

Careers and Graduate School Panel Discussion

Featuring the experience and advice of alumni

Sarah Alvarez (’12),

Senior Program Associate, The Aspen Institute

Neil Burke (’13)

Development Specialist for Corporate and Foundation Grants, Catholic Charities USA / Candidate in Master’s Program in Public Administration, Virginia

Sacha Brenac (’15)

Junior Analyst, Cydecor Inc.

Laila McQuade (’14)

Executive Assistant and Staffer for the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, RavenTek

Stephen Pierce (’09)

Attorney, Surovell, Isaacs, Petersen & Levy

Wednesday, April 12th at 4 PM

In Monroe,  116

Contact Prof. Emile Lester for details: elester@umw.edu or ext. 1146

Dr. Farnsworth Receives Outstanding Faculty Award!

Check out the story here!

 Executive Finance Internship for Senator Bryce Reeves!

At the Office of Virginia State Senator Bryce Reeves.

Flexible Schedule. Non-paid.
College credit based on school standards.

Finance Director, Tyler Adams
(804) 402-0085


Mock Trial Team Spring Showcase!

Interested in law? Want to see your peers simulate a trial court case? Or just looking for a fun and entertaining event?

Stop by the Digital Auditorium in the HCC on Wednesday, Marsh 29th, at 6:00 PM  to see what the UMW Mock Trial team is all about!

After the trial simulation, the members of the mock trial team will stay to answer any questions that you might have about the team!

For more information about the UMW Mock Trial Team, feel free to visit the team’s website here.

For any further questions that you might have about the event or mock trial in general, email the President of the UMW Pre-Law Society, Katie Carroll (kcarroll@mail.umw.edu).


Interested in Political Science or International Affairs?


Stop by the department on Wednesday, February 8th  for coffee and donuts! This is a chance to discuss the Political Science and IA majors with faculty and current students.


Where: Monroe 335 in the Political Science suite                                                                                           When: Wednesday, February 8th at 10:00am until 11:30am                                                                       Who: Faculty, current and prospective students


Sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science honorary society

Questions?  Contact Dr. Cooperman (x 1513)

Intern for Bryce Reeves’ campaign for Lieutenant Governor!

Reeves campaign interns will be the foundation of our grassroots team. Interns will be
leading the charge in transforming Virginia and letting voters know about Senator
Reeves. Candidates for the internship are expected to work through challenges and take
initiative in developing creative outreach strategies. This may include organizing precinct
walks, phone banks, training volunteers, attending parades and setting up political events
throughout the state. Part-time & full time positions available.
While with the campaign, interns will gain valuable connections and skills to further their
desired career. There are limited positions available. For more information, please email your resume to:
Political Director – Matthew Gruda – Matt@BryceReeves.com

Job Opportunity as an International Trade Specialist!

Deadline to apply: Friday, 16 December, 2016

Check out this link for for more information!

Call for Applications: Spring 2017 Internships!

Deadline to apply: Sunday, 6 November, 2016

The History and Public Policy Program seeks interns for the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP) the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP), and the North Korea International Documentation Project (NKIDP). Successful applications will demonstrate strong research skills and writing skills, interest in Cold War or nuclear history, and/or knowledge of a foreign language. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program, or have graduated in the last year.

For more details about the available positions and application instructions, please see the links below:

The deadline for applications is Sunday, 6 November, 2016.

For further information, please contact coldwar@wilsoncenter.org.

Link for more information: https://www.wilsoncenter.org/internships-the-history-and-public-policy-program


Announcing the third lecture on Globalization, Development and (In)Equality: Focus on Gender and Development!


Dr. Shruti Majumdar

Sociologist, Social Observatory, World Bank DECRG Poverty and Inequality unit

When: 4pm on October 12th, 2016

Where: Monroe 346



Dr. Majumdar’s primary responsibility is to lead a team of researchers that is assessing the impact of World Bank assisted livelihoods projects in India. Dr. Majumdar is currently developing an overall assessment of the impact of Jeevika (a livelihoods project in rural Bihar) on women’s empowerment. She specializes in ethnographic methods, community-driven development and the politics of service provision. Her research focuses on how the urban poor in India make claims on the local state when it comes to water and land. Dr. Majumdar holds a B.A. in Sociology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University.

Check out our Fall 2016 Election



Monday, October 10, 2016

Public Debate: Media Bias – Threat to American Democracy?

Professor Stephen Farnsworth, UMW Center for Leadership & Media Studies

Professor Craig Smith, Professor Emeritus of Communication, CSU-Long Beach, presidential speechwriter for President Gerald Ford

This event is part of the UMW Podius Debate Series and is sponsored by the Rupe Foundation.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Faculty Brown Bag Conversation: 2016 Elections and Foreign Policy

Join UMW Political Science Professors Jason Davidson, Surupa Gupta, and Ranjit Singh as they discuss the 2016 Presidential election and its implications for US foreign policy.

Noon : MONROE 210

Monday, October 24, 2016

Public Debate: Candidates for U.S. Representatives, VA-1

Congressman Rob Wittman, (R) VA-1

Matt Rowe, (D), Bowling Green Town Council

This event is sponsored by UMW Student Government Association Legislative Action Council, UMW Young Democrats, UMW College Republicans, the Free-Lance Star, and the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Film Screening: GerryRigged – Why Your Vote Might Not Matter

This documentary examines the effects of gerrymandering in legislative districts. This event is sponsored by OneVirginia 2021 and the UMW Center for Leadership & Media Studies.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Faculty Brown Bag Conversation: 2016 Elections Analysis

Join UMW Political Science Professors Rosalyn Cooperman and Stephen Farnsworth as they analyze the outcome of the 2016 presidential and congressional elections.

Noon : MONROE 210

Dr. Farnsworth received the Phi Sigma Alpha  Award!


Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies, was recognized for his dedication and service to Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, at the American Political Science Association Conference earlier this month. For more, click here.

Student Presents Honor Thesis!

Girard Bucello, IA major and President, UMW Pi Sigma Alpha, presented his honors thesis,
Trouble With the Neighbors: The Baltic States’ Perspective on Security after the Annexation of Crimea, at the 2016 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Conference, in Washington, D.C.

UMW Alumnus Erik Johnston Appointed as VA Deputy Policy Director!

Click here for the whole story.

UMW professor named 2015 Asia Studies Fellow

Surupa Gupta, associate professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, has been selected as a 2015 Asia Studies Fellow at the East-West Center in Washington, D.C. For more, click here.

Every Vote Counts

Voting is a way of life for most people. Regaining the right to vote poses no easy task for convicted felons who have served time in prison.

Benjamin Hermerding aims to turn that around.

A political science major at the University of Mary Washington, Hermerding interns with the Commonweath’s Restoration of Rights Department  that restores voting rights to convicted felons who have served their prison time. Within the past few years, the Richmond Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office division has granted them more rights than in any other time in Virginia’s history, according to Hermerding. For more, click here.

UMW Student Wins Naval Academy Essay Award

 April 27, 2015 by
University of Mary Washington senior Christian Perkins won the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs essay competition, presented at the organization’s 55th annual conference that took place in Annapolis, Maryland in April. For more, click here.

Face of Feminism