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Barbara A Trish

Barb Trish
Director of Rosenfield Program
Department Chair of 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 contemporary politics have been published in a variety of media outlets.

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.



Campus Phone: 

(641) 269-3149

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On-Campus Address: 

305 Carnegie Hall
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Office Hours: 

By Appointment

Education / Degrees: 

Ph.D., Ohio State University

Courses Taught: 

Advanced Seminar in American Politics; Introduction to Network Analysis; Introduction to Political Science; Introduction to Statistics; Technology and Politics - Campaigns and Elections; The Presidency


Primary Academic Interest: 

U.S. politics

Curriculum Vitae/Resume: 

Department Chair: 

Political Science

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