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. Her analyses of the politics of 2016 have been published in a variety of media outlets.
At present, her research agenda foucses on 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. She’s excited about her Fall 2016 on statistics course, which will place that traditional topic within a broader context of data and society.
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 and the Rosenfield Program Committee.