UMW Political Science Professor Receives National Award

Rosalyn Cooperman

Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, has been named a 2012 recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Jack L. Walker Outstanding Article Award.  The award honors a paper published within the last two years that contributes to the discipline’s understanding of political organizations and parties. Cooperman co-wrote “Activists and Conflict Extension in American Party Politics,” originally published in the American Political Science Review in 2010, with Geoffrey Layman of the University of Notre Dame, Thomas Carsey of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, John Green of the University of Akron and Richard Herrera of Arizona State University. The article examines the recent growth of party polarization in American politics. Specifically, it identifies party activists as a main source of polarization between the Democratic and Republican parties as party activists with extreme views on a variety … [Read more...]

UMW to Host Debate for Virginia Senate


Candidates for the 17th district seat in the Virginia Senate will participate in a debate at the University of Mary Washington. The session will be held Thursday, November 3 in Monroe Hall, Room 116 at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public without charge. The debate will present two candidates for the seat: Democratic incumbent Edd Houck, director of corporate and community programs for MediCorp in Fredericksburg and a former educator, and Republican challenger Bryce Reeves, a small business owner and a retired captain from the United States Army. The 17th district includes all of Culpeper, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Spotsylvania Counties and part of Fredericksburg City. The panelists include Dick Hammerstrom, local news editor of the Free Lance-Star, and Ted Schubel, news director of News/Talk 1230 WFVA-AM. Rosalyn Cooperman, associate professor of political science at UMW, will serve as moderator for the discussions. The program is sponsored by the university’s Student … [Read more...]