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Barbara A Trish

Barb Trish
Department Chair of Political Science

Department Chair: Political Science

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. At present, she is examining metric-driven/evidence-based campaign politics, and the larger cultural phenomena of tracking, metrics, and data-based decisions and processes.  Her October 2015 paper addresses the evidence-based presidency.  And her earlier articles on data and analytics in the 2012 campaign have appeared in Campaigns & Elections Magazine (The Evidence-Based Revolution and The Year of Big Data). 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 sits on the Grinnell College Institutional Review Board.

Presidential Tracking: Development of Data-Driven Politics


Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3149

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On-Campus Address: 

305 Carnegie Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Courses Taught: 

Pol-101: Introduction to Political Science
Pol-239: The Presidency
Pol-295: Technology and Politics - Campaigns and Elections
Pol-310: Advanced Seminar in American Politics
Mat-115: Introduction to Statistics
Tutorial Fall 2009 and 2012: The Politics of Counting

Primary Academic Interest: 

U.S. politics

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 

Department Chair: 

Political Science