Political Science

Dr. Barbara Palmer
Professor of Political Science
Executive Director, Center for Women and Politics of Ohio

Dr. Palmer teaches courses in American Politics and serves as Coordinator for the Legal Studies Program.   She is an expert on congressional elections and the success of women candidates. Her book, Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change, co-authored with Dennis Simon of Southern Methodist University, explores over 100 years of women running for public office.

Dr. Barbara Palmer

Curriculum Vitae

Faculty Advisor

Legal Studies Program
Semester in Washington Program

Board Member

Running Start, a Washington, DC-based non-profit that trains young women to run for public office

Selected Media Interviews

Washington Post
Wall Street Journal
US News and World Report
Huffington Post
Cleveland Public Radio
San Francisco Examiner
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Detroit Free Press
Voice of America
Sky News (Great Britain)
Die Zeit (Germany)
Swedish Broadcasting Corporation

Sample of Off-Campus Presentations

Key-Note Speaker for FederaciĆ³n de Mujeres Progresistas (Federation of Progressive Women) in Madrid, Spain (June 2014), "150 Years of Women Running for Office: Why Are There so Few?"

Key-Note Speaker for League of Women Voters State House Day, State Capitol Atrium, in Columbus (April 2012), "Unintended Consequences: Incumbency, Redistricting, and the Success of Women Candidates."

Paper Presentation at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans (January 2010), "Party Strategy and Women-Friendly Congressional Districts, 1956-2010." Co-authored with Dennis Simon of Southern Methodist University.

Key-Note Speaker for NEW Leadership Ohio at Ohio State University (June 2011), "Breaking the Political Glass Ceiling." NEW Leadership Ohio educates and empowers college women to take on public leadership roles.

Paper Presentation at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting in New Orleans (January 2010), "Women as Third Party Candidates in Elections to the US House of Representatives, 1900-2008." Co-authored with Dennis Simon, Winner of the Marian Irish Award for Best Paper on Women & Politics. Lauren Orrico (BW 2011) collected data that was used in the analysis.

Speaker for conference sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan (September 2000). "From Early Pioneers to Hilary Clinton: Women Overcoming Obstacles & Winning Elections in the United States."

Key-Note Speaker and Presenter of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture at the 8th Annual Women & Law Conference at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego (February 2008), "Incumbency, Redistricting, & the Success of Women Candidates."

Student Research

Served as Advisor for Sara Villarreal's Summer Scholars Program 2012 entitled, The 2012 Redistricting Cycle: The Process and Politics of Drawing Congressional District Lines.


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