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.
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.