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Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer headshotProfessor 

Ph.D., University of Minnesota 


Dr. Barbara Palmer teaches courses in American politics and serves as pre-law advisor and 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 how incumbency and redistricting shape the integration of women into Congress.

Off-Campus Presentations

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 2012),“Party Strategy and Women-Friendly Congressional Districts, 1956-2010.” Co-authored with Dennis Simon of Southern Methodist University.

Speaker for Running Start’s Young Women’s Leadership Retreat in Washington, DC (July 2011) “Famous Firsts: A History of Amazing Women Running for Office… and How You Can Be One Too.” Running Start trains high-school girls to run for political office.

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 Hillary 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.”

Faculty Advisor

Legal Studies Program

Washington Semester Program

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.