Barbara Palmer headshot

Professor of Political Science
Executive Director, Center for Women & Politics of Ohio
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Barbara Palmer

Barbara Palmer headshotProfessor of Political Science
Legal Studies Coordinator
Creator & Executive Director of the BW Center for Women & Politics of Ohio

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis


(440) 826-2456,

Dr. Barbara Palmer is an expert on elections and the success of women candidates. Her most recent book, co-authored with Dennis Simon, is entitled Women and Congressional Elections: A Century of Change. Professor Palmer teaches courses on American politics, civil rights and liberties, elections, and women and politics. She is the recipient of the Baldwin Wallace Student Senate Faculty Excellence Award, the Baldwin Wallace Gigax Faculty Scholarship Award, and the Erika Fairchild Award sponsored by the Southern Political Science Association Women’s Caucus. Prior to her arrival at Baldwin Wallace, she taught at American University in Washington, D.C., for nine years. Professor Palmer has given invited talks on American federalism, elections, constitutional law, the history of the integration of women into Congress, and the challenges faced by female candidates. She has been interviewed by numerous media, including the Washington Post, US News and World Report, HuffingtonPost, Cleveland Public Radio, the Voice of America, Agence France-Presse, Nara News (Japan) and Die Ziet (Germany). She has spoken to a wide variety of audiences in the United States and abroad and has worked with hundreds of young women between the ages of 14 and 24 from all over the United States, helping inspire them to get involved in politics. Professor Palmer was a founding member of Women Under Forty Political Action Committee and served as the Political Director and Treasurer. She also helped with the creation of Running Start, a non-partisan organization that trains young women to run for public office.