Barbara Norrander


Barbara Norrander has been a professor at the University of Arizona since 1990, with a Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1982).  Her teaching and research focus on American politics with specializations in elections, public opinion and political parties.  She is the author of The Imperfect Primary:  Oddities, Biases, and Strengths of U.S. Presidential Nomination Politics (Routledge, 2015) and coeditor with Clyde Wilcox of Understanding Public Opinion, 3rd edition (CQ Press,  2010).  Recent articles include "Open Versus Closed Primaries and the Ideological Composition of Presidential Primary Electorates," coauthored with Jay Wendland, Electoral Studies (2016), “Minority Group Opinion in the U.S. States,” coauthored with Sylvia Manzano,  State Politics and Policy Quarterly (2010);  “Public Support for Presidential Nomination Reform,” Public Opinion Quarterly (2009); and “The Gender Gap in Latin American:  Contextual and Individual influences on Gender and Political Participation,” coauthored with Scott Desposato, British Journal of Political Science (2009).

Professor Norrander teaches Introduction to American National Government (POL 201), Political Parties (POL 231), Elections and Voting Behavior (POL 435), and seminars in the graduate program.  She was president of the Western Political Science Association in 2004-2005 and has been a member of the executive board for the Midwest Political Science Association and the editorial boards of the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics and State Politics and Policy Quarterly.