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Professor Lester Authors Book on Religious Literacy
Professor Lester has authored a new book entitled Equipping Educators to Teach Religious Literacy: Lessons from a Teacher Education Program in the American South. This volume provides a detailed evaluation of a unique education program implemented in secondary schools in Georgia to enhance teachers’ religious literacy and their ability to promote this in schools and classrooms. To learn more and find out how to purchase (with a discount!), click here!! Congrats Professor Lester!!
Welcome Professor McDonald!
We are delighted to announce that Jared McDonald, Ph.D., Maryland, will be joining the Department of Political Science and International Affairs as an Assistant Professor of Political Science starting in the Fall 2022 semester. Professor McDonald will be teaching PS 201, American Government, as well as other courses in American political behavior. Welcome aboard, Professor McDonald! Learn more about Professor McDonald on his website by clicking here.
Professor Davidson Awarded Waples Professorship
Professor Jason Davidson has been awarded the Waples Professorship for the academic years 2022-2024. Established in honor of Shirley Van Epps Waple, a 1952 Mary Washington graduate, the nomination-based award recognizes faculty members who have made significant contributions to their scholarly or creative area of expertise. With the receipt of this award Professor Davidson joins the list of several PSIA faculty – Professors Farnsworth, Larus, and Lester – who have received this honor in the past.
Professor Davidson Presents on US/Italy Relations
On December 13, 2021, Professor Davidson gave a presentation on Defense and Security Relations Between the US and Italy: Challenges and Prospects to a conference on US-Italy relations at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was one of only five academics invited to present. Check out this article for more information and a summary of his presentation!
Review of Prof. Davidson’s book America’s Entangling Alliances
H-Diplo, a well-respected digital international relations publication, recently shared a review of Professor Davidson’s book America’s Entangling Alliances calling it “a useful addition to this scholarship and a good tool for teachers and researchers alike”. To read more, click here!
Is China a threat or an opportunity? Depends which Americans you ask (KLCC; NPR; WAMU)
Elizabeth Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs, says any economic “de-coupling” between the U.S. and China will be very difficult. “You can’t just say you’re going to pick up your factory and move all your resources and have a consistent, reliable energy source and the shipping port to get your stuff out at a decent price, and the logistics. China has nailed that down,” said Larus, the author of Politics and Society in Contemporary China.
Professor Davidson to Present in Rome
Professor Davidson has been invited by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MFA) to participate in a conference entitled A Lasting Bond: Revisiting & Re-evaluating Italy-US Relations 160 Years since their Inception to be held in Rome on 13 December 2021. The conference’s goal is to bring together Italian and US experts to take stock of the state of play in the bilateral relationship between Italy and the United States. He is invited to be a speaker on “An Overview of Italian-Us Relations: Prospects for the Future”.
Professor Larus Shares Insights on China’s Politics and Relations
Elizabeth Freund Larus, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Science and International Affairs discussed her book Politics & Society in Contemporary China (Lynne Rienner 2020) on Ryan Ray’s Inside the War Room podcast. Professor Larus shared her insight on pressing issues in China’s politics, economy, foreign relations, and China-US-Taiwan relations.
Professor Cooperman Receives Teaching Innovation Award
Congratulations to Rosalyn Cooperman for recently being honored with a Teaching Innovation Award by the New Research on Gender and Political Psychology Network!! This award honors her efforts to combat public speaking anxiety in her women and politics class. This award is well-deserved, and congrats again!! Click here to see the full award information.
Professor Larus on Biden-Suga Summit
PSIA Chairman Elizabeth Freund Larus was quoted in the April 14 Financial Times article “US pushes Japan to back Taiwan at Biden-Suga summit.” Professor Larus stated that it was critical to show a “united front” over Taiwan. “Not only will China be listening to hear any such statement, but so will US allies in the Asia-Pacific who need to be reassured of US commitment to the region,” she said. Article can be viewed by clicking here with a Financial Times subscription.
Professor Larus Debates on US Sanctioning of Chinese and Russian Firms
PSIA Department Chairman Elizabeth Larus debated analysts from Shanghai, Moscow, and Budapest on US sanctioning of Chinese and Russian firms on “In Focus: South Asia” on December 1. View the show by clicking here!
Professor Cooperman on Women Congressional Candidates and Campaign Finance
Professor Cooperman joined a Facebook Live panel to discuss the book, “Politicking While Female: The Political Lives of Women,” and her chapter, “On the Money: Assessing the Campaign Finance Networks of Women Congressional Candidates.” View her interview by clicking here!
Professor Farnsworth and Political Humor – Johnny Carson Show
Professor Farnsworth talks about political humor on Johnny Carson C-SPAN3. Click here to watch the recording.
Professor Lester on “Dialogues in Democracy” Podcast Series
Professor Lester participated in debate and discussion on various topics surrounding democracy on the University of Michigan Press’s podcast “Dialogues in Democracy”. Click here to listen to their podcasts!
Professor Jason Davidson commentary on geopolitics in the Asia-Pacific
In NewsWeek’s “US, China’s Geopolitical Battle for Asia Shapes New Power Dynamic for Region” by Tom O’Connor and Naveed Jamali, Professor Davidson discusses China’s assertive behavior internationally and the impact of the Cold War in today’s international alliances. Click here to read more.
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.
Professor Singh Works with Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
Dr. Singh, associate professor of political science and international affairs, has worked with NVCT to help students learn about legislative and legal strategies for conserving undeveloped land. Click here to read more.
UMW Political Science Faculty Receive Prestigious Fulbright Awards
Professors Elizabeth Freund Larus and Stephen J. Farnsworth are go-to pundits in national and international media in their respective fields. Soon they’ll take their expertise and research abroad through prestigious 2019-20 U.S. Fulbright grants. See the article here for more information.
PSIA Department Faculty Receive Jepson Fellowship and Waple Professorship
Professor Singh received a Jepson Fellowship and Professor Lester received a Waple professorship so they may pursue research projects. Click here to learn more.
Professor Barr wins Prestigious Award
2018 Graduation, Robert Barr, associate professor of political science, received the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the institution’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Click here to read more.
Professor Gupta receives Top Honors at Commencement
Surupa Gupta, associate professor of political science and international affairs, received the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award. The winner is selected by the graduating class as the faculty member “they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.” Click here to read more.
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. Click here to read more.
Dr. Farnsworth Receives Outstanding Faculty Award!
Stephen J. Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, has received the prestigious 2017 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV). Check out the story by clicking here!
Dr. Farnsworth received the Pi Sigma Alpha Award!
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.