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Political analyst coming back to UMW

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor and political analyst, is returning to the University of Mary Washington in January.

Farnsworth, who left UMW in 2008 to take a position at George Mason University, will open the Center for Leadership and Media Studies on the Fredericksburg campus.

He’ll also teach in the department of political science and international affairs.

The media center will have students conduct research and political opinion surveys that study the role media plays in state and national politics, according to a UMW press release.

“So much of how we follow our government depends on what the media chooses to write or broadcast or post online,” said Farnsworth, who is currently an associate professor of communications at George Mason University. “We will examine news content, conduct opinion surveys of citizens and evaluate how they view government officials, government policies and media sources.”

Click here to read UMW’s press release.