UMW Political Science Professor Featured on With Good Reason

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University of Mary Washington Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Emile Lester will be featured on the With Good Reason public radio program, March 28 to April 3. … [Read more...]

UMW Professor Assesses Afghan Political Party Initiative

Ranjit Singh, associate professor of political science.

Young Afghan political party activists who received training through a pro-democracy initiative offer hope for effective democratic elections in the war-torn country, according to University of Mary Washington Professor Ranjit Singh, who recently returned from a 10-day research and reporting trip to Afghanistan. … [Read more...]

UMW To Host 1st Congressional District Debate, Oct. 6

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A third candidate has joined the 1st Congressional District Debate to be held on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. … [Read more...]

Communication Journal Honors UMW Political Science Professor

Second from left is Chad Murphy, assistant professor of Political Science.

Chad Murphy, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Mary Washington, was recently announced as the recipient of article of the year for 2014 by Communication Methods and Measures journal. Murphy, along with Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Westbury at the University of Alberta, published “Expanding the scope of selective exposure: An objective approach to measurement of media ideology” in August 2013. “The paper does an excellent job describing the methodological limitations of current approaches to selective exposure (i.e., blunt coding, assumption of neutrality, artificial unidimensionality),” said members of the committee who selected the winners. “Further, the cognitive psychology focus on word co-occurrence is interesting and innovative to selective exposure research.” The winning paper was selected in a two-step process. Editors of the Communication Methods and Measures journal narrowed down the list of articles before members of an … [Read more...]

UMW Student Receives Scholarship to Study in China

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University of Mary Washington senior Shirley Naa-kowaa Martey’s quest to become fully fluent in the Chinese language will soon become a reality. The political science major is the recipient of the Chinese Critical Language Scholarship sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. … [Read more...]

UMW to Host 88th District House of Delegates Debate

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Candidates for the 88th District of the Virginia House of Delegates participated in a debate at the University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 18. … [Read more...]

UMW Alumnus Shares His Experience as U.S. Ambassador

Clifford Hart '80 is Special Envoy to the Six-Party Talks.

At 24 years old – just four years after donning a cap and gown at the University of Mary Washington – Clifford Hart ‘80 moved halfway around the world. He left his home state of Virginia, where he had attended Mary Washington, then the University of Virginia for graduate school, to take a post in China with the Foreign Service. “It was a treat from beginning to end,” Hart said of his first assignment. “It was a fascinating time to be there.” Hart, now Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks for the denuclearization of North Korea, spoke with students about his decades-long career in the Foreign Service during a recent trip to his alma mater. “The Foreign Service is a deeply stimulating intellectual exercise,” he said. “You are constantly learning.” As an envoy, Ambassador Hart coordinates U.S. efforts on the Six-Party Talks and leads day-to-day engagement with Six-Party partners. “It has been an occasion for me to learn a lot about a really critical part of our foreign … [Read more...]

Political Science Student Awarded Summer Scholarship

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University of Mary Washington junior Shirley Martey is the recipient of the 2013 Ambassador Summer Scholarship from the Taiwan-U.S. Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA). Martey, chosen to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the first UMW student to be awarded the scholarship. … [Read more...]

UMW Alumna Named to Gov. McDonnell’s Policy Office

Annie Morris works in Gov. Bob McDonnell's policy office. McDonnell is shown giving his State of the Commonwealth Address on Jan. 8, 2013. Photo courtesy of the Governor's Office and Michaele White.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has appointed University of Mary Washington alumna Annie K. Morris ’11 to his administration’s policy office. In her role as special assistant for legislative affairs and policy development, Morris administers the legislative tracking system, coordinates all meetings and leads and develops special projects for the Governor’s policy office. Morris first joined the McDonnell administration in 2011 as an intern and was later appointed as the executive assistant for commerce and trade. In 2011, Morris was named one of the winners of the national essay competition sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, for her essay “Persuasion and the Bully Pulpit: Expanded Evidence on Strategies of Presidential Leadership.” She was chosen for the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership’s inaugural Emerging Leaders Program in 2012. While a student at Mary Washington, she was involved in the Student Government Association, … [Read more...]

C-SPAN Campaign Bus Made a Stop at UMW

The C-SPAN Campaign Bus visited UMW on Thursday, Sept. 27

The University of Mary Washington hosted the C-SPAN Campaign 2012 Bus on Thursday, Sept. 27 on the Fredericksburg campus. The stop was part of a four-day tour to five Virginia universities and colleges to speak to students and community members regarding their thoughts about campaign issues. When the bus first arrived, political analyst Stephen Farnsworth was a guest on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal segment. Farnsworth, who is a UMW political science professor and director of the University’s Center for Media and Leadership Studies, is an expert on the 2012 presidential election cycle as well as Virginia government and politics. He is the author or co-author of four books, including “The Nightly News Nightmare: Media Coverage of U.S. Presidential Elections, 1988-2008,” “Spinner in Chief: How Presidents Sell Their Policies and Themselves,” “The Mediated Presidency: Television News and Presidential Governance” and “Political Support in a Frustrated America.” Throughout the … [Read more...]