Mar 1, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Former GOP Rep. Liz Cheney joins UVA as a professor

 Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) speaks during the Washington Post Global Women's Summit at the newspaper's headquarters on November 15, 2022 in Washington, DC.

Former Rep. Liz Cheney speaks during the Washington Post Global Women's Summit at the newspaper's D.C. headquarters in November. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Former Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has accepted the University of Virginia's offer to be a professor at the UVA's Center for Politics, the school announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: Center director Larry Sabato said in a statement on Cheney's appointment that with "democracy under fire" in the U.S. and elsewhere, the Trump critic who served as vice chair of the Jan. 6 House panel investigating the U.S. Capitol riot "serves as a model of political courage and leadership."

A screenshot of a tweet by former GOP Rep. Liz Cheney stating, " I’m honored to be joining you and the tremendous  @UVA  students to work on crucial issues of preserving and strengthening democracy."
Image: Former Rep. Liz Cheney/UVA Center for Politics director Larry Sabato/Twitter

Context: Cheney became a pariah within her own Republican Party for her role on the select committee and was removed as the GOP's House No.3 following her repeated criticisms of former President Trump.

What they're saying: "Liz will send a compelling message to students about integrity," Sabato said. "She's a true profile in courage, and she was willing to pay the price for her principles and democracy itself."

Meanwhile, Cheney said in a statement: "Preserving our constitutional republic is the most important work of our time, and our nation's young people will play a crucial role in this effort."

Details: "During her tenure at the center, Cheney will participate in University-wide lectures, serve as a guest lecturer in student seminars with Sabato and other center faculty, contribute to Center for Politics research, and participate in other University and community events," per a UVA statement.

  • The appointment is effective immediately and will run through the end of the 2023 fall semester with an option to renew, according to the UVA.

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