Political Science and International Relations

Check out our Fall 2016 Election Schedule!

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.

7:30 p.m. : DODD AUDITORIUM

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.

7:30 p.m. : DODD AUDITORIUM

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.

7:30 p.m. : HCC DIGITAL AUDITORIUM

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 recieved 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!

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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

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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