Barbara Trish
Curriculum Vitae

Barbara A Trish

Rosenfield Program

Director of Rosenfield Program

Offices, Departments, or Centers: Political Science , Rosenfield Program ,

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations, and Human Rights and Professor of Political Science, with a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. Ms. Trish is a generalist in U.S politics, with political parties, electoral politics and technology frequently at the intersection of her teaching and scholarship. Her book Inside the Bubble (with Bill Menner, Routledge) explores presidential nomination politics through the eyes of campaign staff; it was released in fall ’21.

Her article “Big Data under Obama and Trump: The Data-Fueled U.S. Presidency” was published in Politics and Governance, and – as a member of the Diversity Scholars Network at the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) – she contributed to the series Voting and Equity in the United States. Additionally, her comments and analyses of contemporary politics (examples below) have been published in a variety of media outlets.

DeSantis-linked super PAC broke new ground in pushing campaign finance rules in Iowa in support of a 2nd-place finish in The Conversation, January 16, 2024

Nikki Haley’s uphill battle in Iowa in The Hill, June 6, 2023

(with Bill Menner) Iowa Democratic caucuses gave a voice to rural voters in The Iowa Capital Dispatch, December 6, 2022

From recording videos in a closet to Zoom meditating, 2020’s political campaigns adjust to the pandemic in The Conversation, October, 2020

Congress isn't paying its interns enough in The Washington Post, September 2, 2018

(with George Barlow) How Athletes are Changing the Conversation about Racism in The Washington Post (Made by History), October 16, 2018.

Ms. Trish’s courses, in one way or another, expose students to the methods of empirical and quantitative political science. (She liked data before it became fashionable!) Most of her courses involve a research project in which students collect and analyze data, and students also experiment with different writing formats.

While at Grinnell, Ms. Trish has had a variety of involvements outside of the Rosenfield Program and her department. Among these are the college's Program in Practical Political Education (PPPE) and efforts to enhance quantitative literacy. Grinnell's long-standing relationship with Nanjing University is one of her special interests.

Education and Degrees

Ph.D., Ohio State University

B.A. University of St. Thomas

In the News

Who Won the First Democratic Debate 

U.S. News / October 14, 2015 

Bernie the Rule-Breaker

U.S. News / April 27, 2016 

Live-streaming a movement: the Democratic sit-in shows how technology has made American politics more transparent

Salon / June 23, 2016

The Democrats Seize the Moment

U.S. News / July 29, 2016

The More Trump Messes up, the More Votes Clinton Gets

Fortune / August 18, 2016 

Don't Bend the Rules for Johnson

U.S. News / September 16, 2016 

How the Democrats Rebuild

U.S. News / February 24, 2017

What Trump Still Doesn't Get After 100 Days in Office

Fortune / April 30, 2017

America can move past the toxic politics of the Trump era - but it won't be easy 

Co-written with Eliza Willis / Salon / August 9, 2017 

Why politicians are so eager to claim the outsider mantle

Washington Post / March 26, 2018

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