VA House of Delegates Campaign Internship with Phillip Scott

Phillip Scott is running for re-election in the VA House of Delegates to represent parts of Spotsylvania and Orange counties (new 63rd district). He will be providing internships to help with his campaign ahead of the November election where interns will learn about the inner workings in local politics and receive new career opportunities. For more information, and to apply, go to Phillip Scott’s website and contact him to ask about internship opportunities. … [Read more...]

VA Senate Campaign Internship with Joel Griffin

Joel Griffin, a VA Senate candidate running to represent parts of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania (District 27), is searching for interns for his campaign ahead of the November election. Interns will learn about political campaigns, grassroots organizing, and receive opportunities for future careers in politics. Hours are flexible with no prior experience necessary. For more information and to apply, go to Joel Griffin’s internship form. … [Read more...]

65th District Virginia House of Delegates Debate

Join the 65th District Virginia House of Delegates Debate, hosted by UMW and co-sponsored by UMW SGA. The debate is between Democrat Joshua Cole and Republican Lee Peters III.  This debate will be an opportunity to learn more about the candidates and their priorities. The event will be moderated with an opportunity for audience questions. Moderators will be: UMW Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth, UMW Political Science Professor and Department Chair Rosalyn Cooperman, WFVA Radio News Director Ted Schubel, and a representative from The Free-Lance Star. Time: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 7:00 PM in Seacobeck Hall room 145 (Weatherly Wing). … [Read more...]

Pi Sigma Alpha 2023 Conference Presentations

    Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society for Political Science students, hosts an annual conference highlighting student research. UMW Political Science students Maya Jenkins and Mary-Elise Alworth presented their research at its 2023 conference. … [Read more...]

NURVa 2023 Conference Presentation

Joey Zeldin, a Political Science major, presented his research at the 2023 Network for Undergraduate Research in Virginia (NURVa) at Christopher Newport University. Joey presented his senior thesis, "Hollywood, Heinz Field, and the Hill: Analyzing Celebrities and Amateurs in Congressional Elections." … [Read more...]

Global Gag Rule & Reproductive Rights Guest Lecture

Join guest speaker Rebecca Dennis, Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy at PAI for a talk about the Global Gag Rule and the advocacy work of the PAI, an advocacy group focused on accessible, quality health care and the sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls. October 31st, 11:00 AM: Monroe 110 … [Read more...]

Professor Cooperman Edits Book on Conservative Women in Democratic Systems

Professor Cooperman has co-edited a book, Sell-Outs or Warriors for Change? A Comparative Look at Conservative Women in Politics in Democracies, forthcoming from Routledge Press in November 2022. This book addresses the central question of how right-wing women navigate the cross-pressures between gender identity and political ideology. A portion of this book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Women, Politics, & Policy. … [Read more...]

Elections Guest Lecture

In 2000, President George Bush’s name was listed first on every ballot in Florida, and he won that State and the Presidency by the narrowest of margins. In 2016, Donald Trump had a similar experience. Have the outcomes of many recent elections been influenced by the order of candidates’ names on ballots? This talk proposes a theory of why and when such effects might occur and reviews the body of studies that have explored this issue in the U.S. and a dozen other countries. Spotlighted in this talk will be reanalysis of older data and analysis of newly collected data to shed light on the conditions under which name order effects occur, their magnitude, whether different research methods lead to different conclusions, and whether the States should reform their ballot design practices. September 12th, 12:00 PM: Monroe 346 … [Read more...]

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

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) on Zoom. 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 rcooperm@umw.edu. … [Read more...]

Voting Registrar Office Job!

Interested in learning more about the voting process? The Voting Registrar’s office for the City of Fredericksburg is hiring. Check out the Fxbg employment opportunities page and search for the position “Assistant Registrar II." Applications due April 1! … [Read more...]