Department Events

Career fairs, guest speakers, interest meetings, and more!!

Spring 2022

Talk with Dr. Erin Accampo Hern

Dr. Hern is an Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department at Syracuse University. Her research examines political behavior in Africa. She will share her insights from her book ‘Developing States, Shaping Citizenship.’ Please come join us!

Friday, April 8th, 4pm- 5pm, on Zoom:

This guest speaker is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington. If you have any questions about this guest lecture, please contact Professor Martinez at

Looking Back, Looking Ahead: Virginia’s 2021 Elections & the 2022 Congressional midterms Panel Discussion and Q&A

Rosalyn Cooperman, UMW Professor of Political Science, Department Chair

Stephen Farnsworth, UMW Professor of Political Science, Director, UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies

Time: April 5, 2022 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 891 5304 4592

This panel is sponsored by the Department of Political Science and International Affairs at the University of Mary Washington and is a special program for Mary Wash Giving Day. If you have any questions about this panel, please contact Professor Cooperman at

Alumni Career/Graduate School Panel

On Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 5 PM in Monroe, Room 346.

Featuring the experience and advice of the following alumni:
Neil Burke (’13), Masters of Public Administration, Virginia Tech Management and Program Analyst, Internal Revenue Service
Shirley Martey Hargis (’14), Consultant on China, CRDF Global’s Data and Technology Program, Executive Director of Black Professionals in International Affairs
Rachel McVicker (’21), Research Assistant for the Center of Naval Analysis, China and Indo-Pacific, Security Affairs Division
Andrea Shaia (’16), Associate at Freedman, Framme, and Thrush Law Firm Richmond, Virginia
Andrew Sharpe (’19), Graduate Student in University of Virginia Masters of Public Policy Program Finalist, Presidential Management Fellow

Contact Professor Lester at or ext. 1146 for details or questions!

The War in Ukraine: Panel Discussion and Q&A

Join us on Wednesday, March 9, 4pm-5:30pm on Zoom to learn more about the conflict in the Ukraine.
Contact Professor Davidson if you have any questions!

Update in International Affairs!

The PS and IA department has successfully completed a revision of the International Affairs major requirements. Please see the website for updates.

Fall 2021

UMW PSIA Hosts 88th District Debate

Democrat Kecia Evans, Republican Phillip Scott and Libertarian Tim Lewis will face off live via Zoom, with public viewing accessible through YouTube. Incumbent Mark Cole (R) announced earlier this year that he would not seek reelection after nearly two decades in office. The 88th district covers part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, Stafford and Fauquier counties.

“While COVID has forced us to debate online this fall, we can look forward to vigorous discussions about the path forward for Virginia,” said moderator Stephen Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Click here to learn more!



Zoom Option: OCT 19, 2021 05:00PM, HTTPS://UMW-SSO.ZOOM.US/J/84910411480?PWD=ZG5WAEFAUHO3V01JAXJRZW85YZC2UT09
In Person Option: OCTOBER 20, 2021, 5:00PM, MONROE 346

Meet PS/IA faculty and majors to learn more about the department, major programs, internship, research, and study abroad opportunities.
Questions? Contact Professor Cooperman,

Gender, Nation-building, and Politics in Afghanistan: the Last Two Decades

After the fall of the Taliban in 2001, political stakeholders in Afghanistan went to work to write a constitution and lay the foundation of a new, democratic political system. A significant focus of this nation-building effort was to provide representation and rights to women. Our speakers will discuss these processes, the outcomes of these efforts and the likely future prospects for women and politics in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s return. Click here to watch the event on YouTube!

When: Oct 19, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern

Where: Zoom
Click here to learn more about the event!

A Roundtable on the Implication of the US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

At the end of August 2021, US forces withdrew from Afghanistan ending a twenty-year presence in that country. Scholars and analysts have praised and criticized the move in equal measure. As we try to make sense of the events, a host of questions emerge: Why did the US withdraw from Afghanistan? Is this a good policy decision for the US? What does the decision mean for Afghanistan? What does it mean for the countries in its neighborhood? What impact will the withdrawal likely have on the Biden administration? The speakers on the panel will address these and other related questions.

When: 4-5:30 pm on Thursday, September 23 2021

Where: On Zoom.

Click here to watch the recording of the event!

Click here to learn more about the event!

Spring 2021

2021 Career Panel

Wednesday, March 24 at 7 PM: 2021 Political Science and International Affairs Careers and Graduate School Panel Discussion! Featuring the experience and advice of alumni:

    • Caitriona Cobb (’17) John Hopkins SAIS, Middle East Studies Program (’19) Africa Content Manager, Tesla Government Inc.
    • John Cronin (’19) Office of the Governor, Virginia Management Fellow
    • Kate Miceli (’13) State Affairs Counsel, American Association for Justice
    • Edward Scheirer (‘16) Law Clerk for the Honorable Kathleen Beckstead at the Circuit Court for Wicomico County. Associate, Cockey, Brennan, & Maloney
    • Michael Ware (’12) Intelligence Operations Specialist, US Department of Homeland Security – Office of Intelligence & Analysis.


Passcode: O?7PWK1a

Contact Prof. Emile Lester for details: or ext.

“94 Paradoxes to Consider in the 21% Century” Book Event


On Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 4pm, the UMW PSIA department will be hosting a virtual book event with author Leopoldo Martinez Nucete. Click the image to view larger and learn more! Zoom link will be posted soon.

Fall 2020

Understanding The Election with Professor Farnsworth

Tomorrow (Thursday, November 5th) at 6pm Professor Farnsworth will be covering the 2020 election and explaining the occurrence of events. Join him by using one of these two links: or via YouTube:

Presidential Leadership – With Good Reason

On October 31st, With Good Reason podcast radio will be doing a segment on Presidential Leadership in the United States. Click here to tune in!


Wednesday October 28th at 7pm a panel of guest speakers and UMW professors will discuss the historic role of religion in American Politics and its unique position in this years election. RSVP for this event by clicking here. Click the flyer image for the full sized PDF with full information!

None of the Above:

On Wednesday October 28th at 6pm, a panel will discuss how to address common excuses for not voting and how to convince your friends and family to vote on election day. Tune in on Facebook live by clicking here!

Professor Larus on The Importance of Taiwan

Professor Larus will be on On Liberty podcast out of Sydney, Australia today at 7pm discussing “Why the world needs a free Taiwan”. All are welcome to watch and call in. Tune in by clicking here.

The U.S. Census and the 2020 Elections

On Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 12:30pm ET, Stacy Whitehouse will discuss the US Census, the 2020 elections, and her work involving with both. To attend, click here or on the image for the flyer and zoom link! Reach out to Professor Cooperman if you have any questions.

Click here for a recording of the talk!! passcode: J&G.u^2e

Beyond the Classroom: An Endowment for Student Research and Learning

The Dean of the college of Arts and Sciences announces a new endowment for student research.
click here to learn more.

Student Political Theory Discussion

UMW Students are welcomed to join UVA students in their discussion of political theory on Sunday, October 4th at 5 PM Eastern Time. The discussion will be about Immanuel Kant and Benjamin Constant’s political writings. Come prepared to discuss these three readings:

Zoom Link:

If you have any questions, reach out to Professor Larus or the student coordinator from UVA, Kaiwen.

VA First District Debate

The Virginia First District Congressional Debate [online] will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21. at Mary Washington. Click here for more details here.

Spring 2020

Due to COVID-19, March-May 2020 events were cancelled. In replacement, alumni sent in career information and our website displays all the great things about our students, professors, and department as a whole! Check out our student news, alumni news, faculty news, departmental honors, and all the pages on this website!

Professor Cooperman and Professor Farnsworth: COVID in Context

As part of UMW’s Covid in Context course, Professor Cooperman and Professor Farnsworth recently delivered a lecture titled “Covid and the 2020 U.S. Presidential and Congressional Elections” – click here to watch.

Students Present at National Conferences

February 2020 – Six UMW Political Science and International Affairs major students (Jeremy Engel, Zachary Handlin, Rebecca Jacobi, Kyle Lehmann, Tom Lengel, and Lauren Perez) presented their research at the Feb. 15 Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Research Conference in Washington, D.C. Read more about it here.

Spring 2020 – Student Sarah Pietrowski (PSCI 2020) will present research she conducted for Dr. Singh’s recent “Politics of the Middle East and North Africa” course at this year’s annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association. Her paper, which examines Syrian refugees’  influence on German policy, was accepted earlier this year for presentation at the conference of the Virginia Social Sciences Association.

Fall 2019

Gender in Afghan Culture and Refugee Resettlement

Speakers: Ms. Kristen Larcher and Ms. Nasira Talib Catholic Charities, Fredericksburg

Wednesday, November 13 Monroe 212 12:00-12:50 pm

Catholic Charities helps immigrants and refugees in Fredericksburg by providing services such as legal immigration consultation and representation, English-language instruction, adult education programs, workforce development training, naturalization assistance, bilingual community education, and refugee resettlement and assistance services. In this lecture, Ms. Larcher and Ms. Talib will share their insights on the intersection of culture and gender in the context of refugee relocation.

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker at UMW

Speaker: Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox (R, Chesterfield)

Monday, November 11, 2019

“Reviewing the October 2019 Canadian Elections”

Dr.  Jeffrey Ayres, St. Michael’s College

Thursday, October 24 

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. 

Monroe 116

PS/IA Major Interest Meeting

Interested in majoring in Political Science and/or International Affairs?

Thursday, October 24th 5 p.m. 

Lee 411

Blind Spot?

Khaled Elgindy discusses his new book, Blind Spot: America and the Palestinians from Balfour to Trump, on the US role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. A key adviser to Palestinian peace negotiators from 2004-09, he’s now a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. Open to the public.  

Wednesday, October 23rd 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Lee Hall 411

The Idea of International Justice: Policy and Practice

Arthur Traldi, Team Leader on the Prosecution of Ratko Mladic before the International Criminal Tribunal

Tuesday, October 22nd 4 p.m.

Monroe Hall, Room 116

Regulation, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Conflict Minerals

Dr. Virginia Haufler, associate professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland

5 p.m. on Thursday, October 3rd

Monroe 346

Dr. Virginia Haufler is Associate Professor in the Department of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park and is affiliated with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. Her research focuses on the changing nature of governance in the global political economy, especially the role of transnational corporations and corporate social responsibility. Her current research examines how transnational regulation of the private sector addresses issues of conflict and corruption. She has published extensively on this topic. She has a M.A./Ph.D from Cornell University and dual B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

Why Are Poor People Poor? A Conversation About the Demographics of Poverty and Why It Got That Way

Ann H. Kloeckner, Esq. Executive Director, Legal Aid Works®

Monday, September 30 Monroe 210 12:00-12:50 pm

Ann Kloeckner joined Legal Aid Works® in 2011 to take the helm. Ann hails originally from Vermont and is most recently from Texas, with a non-linear career path emphasizing public service and advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence. Ann has law licenses in four states (PA, NJ, TX, and VA) and is a graduate of Swarthmore College and Villanova University School of Law, where her stint at a legal aid clinical program nurtured her passion for equal justice and her tolerance of a nonprofit lifestyle. She enjoys mentoring new attorneys and maintains a robust schedule of public speaking engagements throughout the seventeen-county service area. Ann was appointed in 2016 by the Virginia Supreme Court to a three-year term as a member of the faculty of the Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course, which is mandatory for every newly licensed attorney in Virginia.

28th District House of Delegates Debate

Wednesday, September 18, 7 p.m.

Lee Hall, Room 411

Joshua Cole, Democrat

Paul Milde, Republican

Spring 2019

PSIA Students Present at Research and Creativity Day

 Poster Sessions – Hurley Convergence Center

12:00 – 1:15pm

Stacey Feindt, “Detained by Data: A Critical Analysis of the Virginia Pretrial Risk Assessment Instrument” (Dr. Rosalyn Cooperman)


Afternoon Oral Sessions– Hurley Convergence Center

 11:00-12:00pm, Room 328

Session Chair: Dr. Stephen Farnsworth (Political Science)

John Cronin, “The ‘Will of the Voters’: Examining Legislative Repeal of State Ballot Initiatives”

Haley Randall, “Virginia Women and Politics: Party-Line Voting Patterns in the 2016 Presidential Election” (Dr. Stephen Farnsworth)


1:00 – 2:00 pm, Room 327

Session Chair: Dr. Surupa Gupta (Political Science)

Julia Gibbons, “Female Secondary School Stipend Programs in Pakistan and Bangladesh” (Dr. Surupa Gupta)


Middlebury Language Schools is accepting applications through the end of May.

The School of Japanese offers an 8-week immersion program (June 21 – August 16) and will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this summer! They also offer 10 other languages with the Language Pledge.


Pi Sigma Alpha Induction &

Class of 2019 Reception

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

4pm, Lee 411

Celebrate your forthcoming graduation with

PS/IA department faculty and fellow majors!

Reception with light refreshments will follow the Pi Sigma Alpha scholastic honorary induction ceremony and the announcement of departmental scholarships and awards for outstanding majors and graduating seniors in Political Science and International Affairs.

Please check your campus email for an invitation and Google Doc RSVP form and kindly reply by April 15th. Family members are welcome to attend; please include that count in your RSVP.

Contact Professor Cooperman for details or questions:

2019 Alumni Career Panel

 Featuring the experience and advice of alumni:

 Brianne Doura (‘09)

Legislative Director, National Council on Problem Gambling

 Alissa Genovese (’07)

Grants Manager, Department of Justice

 Kenyon Huber-Wilker (’18)

Solution Engineer-National Security, Esri​

 John Karellas (’17)

Law Student, Catholic University

 Jeremy Thompson (’13)

Global Social Partnerships and Community Strategy, Under Armour


Wednesday, 20 March, 4pm

HCC Digital Auditorium

  This event is free of charge and open to all UMW students.

The Kashmir Conflict:

Multiple Narratives and Hidden Fault Lines

Dr. Navnita Behera,

Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi

Monroe 346

Monday, March 18, 4-5pm

Dr. Navnita Chadha Behera is currently visiting as a Fulbright Fellow at the George Washington University. She is also Honorary Director of the Institute for Research on India and International Studies. Prof. Behera is Vice-President Elect for International Studies Association (2019-2020).

Prof. Behera has published widely in India and abroad. Her books on Kashmir include State, Identity and Violence: Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh (Manohar, 2002) and Demystifying Kashmir (Brookings Press, 2006) that topped the non-fiction charts in India.


The Jamestown Foundation: Paid China Brief Intern:

The Jamestown Foundation is offering a paid internship (stipend) for the Spring 2019 semester to assist the Editor-in-Chief of China Brief in preparing and sending out the bi-weekly publication. Duties include minor copy editing, updating the Jamestown Foundation website, assisting the Editor in outreach to the China policy community via social media, researching topics related to Chinese security and East Asia, as well as assisting the Foundation with the organization of special conferences and events. The ideal candidate will be a current undergraduate or graduate school student with an interest in Chinese affairs and some Chinese language skills.

Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese preferred. For more information, or to apply for this opening, please email with your resume and a cover letter, and use the e-mail subject heading China Brief Intern.

Project 2049 Institute: Spring 2019 Internship


Position Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the Institute’s research projects and ongoing programs
  • Assist with administrative tasks, event planning, and other logistics
  • Help maintain and update the Institute’s social media outlets
  • Independent research with opportunities to publish on the Institute’s blog, AsiaEye
  • Attend local events based on research and project interests
  • Complete projects both in teams and individually

To apply for this position, please electronically submit a cover letter, resume, and a short writing sample to

The deadline for application submission is 11:59 pm on Friday, November 30, 2018.

For more information on the Project 2049 Institute, visit our website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Project2049.

2019 Mentorship Programs in
Cape Town, South Africa

We are offering a variety of 2-week and 4-week service-learning programs this summer.

One Heart Source is currently accepting applications for our OHS Mentor:

  • Mentor youth in local communities to empower academic and personal growth
  • Gain international experience for graduate school and employment
  • Develop skills in international communication, mentorship, and community outreach
  • Immerse yourself in local culture and broaden your global perspective
  • Focus on examining Education/Social Work, Youth Empowerment, or Health Development within the context of South Africa
  • Collaborate with groups of university students from around the world

Apply here for our 2019 Programs:  2019 Application

Next Application Deadline: November 9, 2018

GTI Spring 2019 Internship
Application now open!

Spring Internship 2019: January – May

 Job Summary

The Global Taiwan Institute is seeking Spring interns to assist with: current research projects and reports, production of the bi-weekly Global Taiwan Brief, organization of our monthly public seminars, and with other relevant administrative tasks. Interns may have the opportunity to publish in the Global Taiwan Brief. As a small, start-up organization, we are looking for energetic, flexible, highly-motivated interns who are excited about our mission and work well as a part of a small team. Familiarity with regional issues, editorial and/or writing experience, social media proficiency, interpersonal skills, and a strong work ethic are essential. This internship is unpaid.

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in event planning and staffing
  • Assisting with ongoing research and other projects
  • Assisting with data-entry and other administrative tasks
  • Assisting with social media and website posting/maintenance
  • Assisting with production of the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Writing short (2-3 page) articles on relevant topics for potential publication in the Global Taiwan Brief
  • Attending relevant events in Washington, D.C. and reporting back to GTI staff
  • Tracking news and developments in Taiwan, US-Taiwan relations, and the Asia-Pacific region
  • Additional publishing opportunities may be available

Knowledge, Education, and Experience:

  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent from a non-U.S. institution (internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students)
  • Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with Microsoft suite and social media platforms (eg: Facebook, Twitter, Hootsuite)
  • Preference will be given to candidates with proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and other Asian languages
  • Experience with policy research or editing a publication highly desired
  • Interest in Asia policy issues: demonstrated interest in Taiwan, US-Taiwan, and/or cross-Strait issues preferred

 Application Materials and Review Process:

  • Resume
  • Name and contact information (email and phone) of two references
  • Cover letter (indicating why you want to intern at GTI)
  • Short Answer Essay (250 words each):


  1. What do you see as the three most significant issues facing Taiwan today, and why?
  2. What skill-set do you already possess, and what skills or expertise do you wish to gain through this internship?

Please send these materials as email attachments (Word documents) to GTI Program Associate Marzia Borsoi-Kelly at with subject: “GTI Spring Internship 2019” by Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Applications that do not include all requested application materials will not be considered.


Rob Wittman (R)

Vangie Williams (D)


Dodd Auditorium, George Washington Hall​

 7:00 PM



Spring 2019 Courses!

Political Science  Seminars


Political Science Subfield

PSCI 471B3: Women and Public Politics American Government
PSCI 471C5: Advanced Research Methods in Political Science Major Elective Credit
PSCI 471D4: Intelligence & National Security International Relations
PSCI 471D5: Democratization in South East Asia Comparative Politics
PSCI 471D6: Contemporary African Politics Comparative Politics
PSCI 471D7: Dynamic Asian Polities Comparative Politics
PSCI 471D8: Data for Political Operatives Major Elective Credit
PSCI 471D9: Race & Ethnicity in US Politics American Government

International Affairs  Support Courses

ANTH 371 UU: Immigration in Global Perspective

HIST 300 BB: History of Marx Socialist Regimes

PSCI 471D4: Intelligence and National Security

 PSCI 471D5: Democratization in Southeast Asia

PSCI 471D6: Contemporary Africa

PSCI 471D7: Dynamic Asian Politics

Fall 2018

Ten years after the crash: where are we, where are we going?

Dr. Herman Mark Schwartz, professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia

5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23rd

Trinkle 204

Dr. Herman Mark Schwartz is a geographically oriented economic historian who finds it congenial to work in a politics department because he studies the constitution of and interaction of state and market power. He has worked on foreign debt financed, agricultural export led economic development in the 19th century; the development of the global economy since 1500; marketization of the welfare state in the 1980s and 1990s; and the global causes and consequences of the American housing bubble. He is author of Subprime Nation: American Power, Global Finance, and the Housing Bubble and States vs. Markets: The Emergence of a Global Economy. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University. He is currently working on the political economy of the knowledge economy.

Please join the students and faculty of PSCI 351 and ECON 202 in a discussion of  The 2008 Global Financial Crisis Over movie, pizza and popcorn!

Movie 1: The Big Short

When: Oct 10 at 4pm

Where: HCC Digital Auditorium

Movie 2: Meltdown

When: Nov 7 at 4pm

Where: Monroe 116


There will also be a Public lecture by Dr. Herman Mark Schwartz, Professor, Department of Politics, University of Virginia, on Ten years after the crash: where are we, where are we going?

 On Tuesday, Oct 23rd at 5pm in Trinkle 204

Questions? Contact Dr. Surupa Gupta (  or Dr. Amrita Dhar (

Sponsors: CAS Dean’s Office, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, and Department of Economics

Job Opportunity

Recent graduates  looking for full time work in the DC area.

Contact: Erin (Cox) Wigginton — class of 2011, MENA/A region in New Business, at

Job Opportunity

The company OGSystems is looking for any recent grads that are excellent writers and solid analytical thinkers for their junior Proposal Writer position.

 If you are interested in a career in the intel space (you would receive a TS/SCI clearance), contact the below email address for more details. Check out their website at (note that the job is not up on the website yet)

Aaron Snow, Proposal Writer & Senior Consultant , OG Systems,
P: 703 870 7552 ex 256