She Persisted: Women at the
Ballot Box & on the Campaign Trail

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Meet the Panelists

Tiffany Barnes, Ph.D.

Tiffany D. Barnes is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Kentucky and affiliated faculty with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies Program. She employs both quantitative and qualitative research approaches to examine how institutions shape the political behavior of citizens and elites. Her research focus is in the field of Comparative Politics with emphases on gender and politics, Latin America, and comparative political institutions. 

Barnes is the author of Gendering Legislative Behavior: Institutional Constraints and Collaboration. Her other peer-reviewed work appears in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Politics & Gender, and Election Law Journal.

Nichole Bauer, Ph.D.

Nichole Bauer is an assistant professor of political communication in the Department of Political Science and the Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU. Bauer received her PhD from Indiana University in 2014.

Bauer’s research focuses on issues pertaining to women on the campaign trail and the reception by voters. In particular, she investigates how voters evaluate female candidates and how female candidates develop campaign strategies designed to mitigate the potential for gender bias. Her research is published in several peer-reviewed academic journals, including Political Psychology and Political Behavior.

Nadia Brown, Ph.D. 

Nadia E. Brown (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University, specializing in Black women’s politics. She also holds a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.

Dr. Brown's research interests lie broadly in identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women's studies. Her scholarship on intersectionality seeks to push beyond disciplinary constraints to think more holistically about the politics of identity.

Brown’s Sisters in the Statehouse: Black women and Legislative Decision Making has been awarded the National Conference of Black Political Scientists’ 2015 W.E.B. DuBois Distinguished Book Award among other prestigious honors. Along with Sarah Allen Gershon, Dr. Brown co-edited Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics

Mirya Holman, Ph.D.

Mirya R. Holman, Ph.D. is an associate professor of political science at Tulane University. Her research focuses on women and politics, urban politics, and religion and politics in the United States. Her book, Women in Politics in the American City, is a comprehensive evaluation of the role of gender in urban policymaking in the United States.

Holman received her Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2010. Her current research projects include investigating the pathways to political office, how local political behavior changes when cities encounter financial distress, the role of religious beliefs in political attitudes and actions, gender and the 2016 election, and a variety of other projects.