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Barbara A Trish

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Director of Rosenfield Program

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 research focus at present is 2020 Iowa caucus politics, especially as it relates to campaign staff, technology and the new virtual caucus option.  

Recently, 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 have been published in a variety of media outlets.

Do Democrats Follow the Rules? in The Hill, July 30, 2019

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

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

(with Eliza Willis) America Can Move Past the Toxic Politics of the Trump Era — But It Won’t Ee Easy, Salon, August 9, 2017

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 significant research project in which students collect and analyze data.

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

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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