Barbara Trish
Curriculum Vitae

Barbara A Trish


Director of Rosenfield Program

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 article “Big Data under Obama and Trump: The Data-Fueled U.S. Presidency” is 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 new 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.

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

Why Politicians Are So Eager To Claim the Outsider Mantle, Made by History in The Washington Post, March 26, 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

What Trump Still Doesn't Get After 100 Days in Office, Fortune, April 30, 2017

At present, her research agenda focuses on metric-driven/evidence-based campaign politics, and the larger cultural phenomena of tracking, metrics, and data-based decisions and processes.  She is updating her October 2015 paper that addresses the evidence-based presidency.  And, along with her colleague Eliza Willis, she is exploring political polarization at the mass level.

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 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. Ms. Trish currently chairs the Department of Political Science and is director of the Rosenfield Program in Public Affairs, International Relations and Human Rights.

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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