Barbara Palmer, Ph.D.

Barbara Palmer is Associate Professor at Baldwin Wallace University and is an expert on congressional elections and the success of women candidates.  Her most recent book, co-authored with Dennis Simon of Southern Methodist University,  is entitled Women and Congressional Elections:  A Century of Change. The book explores how the “rules of the game,” such as incumbency, demographics, and redistricting, shape the integration of women into Congress.

Professor Palmer teaches courses on American politics, civil rights and liberties, elections, and women and politics.  Her research has appeared in American Political Science Review, Politics and Gender, and a variety of law reviews.  At Baldwin Wallace, she serves as the Legal Studies Coordinator and Pre-Law Advisor.  Prior to her arrival at Baldwin Wallace, she taught at American University in Washington, DC for nine years. In 2005, she received the American University “Alice Paul Award” for her commitment to women’s issues and mentoring young women. She is a two-time winner of the “Marion Irish Award” for the best paper on women and politics presented at the Southern Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2013 Baldwin Wallace Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award, presented to a BW faculty member who has enhanced the campus learning environment through their research.

Professor Palmer has given invited talks to a wide variety of groups across the country and internationally on American elections, the history of the integration of women into Congress, the challenges faced by female candidates, and the importance of getting young women involved in politics. She has been interviewed by numerous media, including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, Minnesota Public Radio, Cleveland Public Radio, Campaigns and Elections Magazine, the Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, Nara News (Japan) and Die Ziet (Germany).

 Professor Palmer is a founding member of Women Under Forty Political Action Committee and served as the Political Director and Treasurer. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and is a Minnesota native.