Politics & Policy

Tracy Osborn

  • Director, Politics and Policy Research Program
  • Senior Research Fellow in Residence
  • Associate Professor, Department of Political Science


Tracy Osborn is the director of the Politics and Policy Research Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center and associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence. She received her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 2004 and joined the UI Political Science Department in 2007.  Currently, her research examines women legislators’ partisanship and policy development in the U.S. state legislatures since 1960, public opinion toward women terrorists and terrorism policy, and antifeminist policy and women’s representation in the U.S. states.

Research Interests

  • Women's representation in legislatures
  • Women's public policy
  • Gender and public opinion
  • Gender and domestic/global violence
  • Legislative behavior and data

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Political Science, Indiana University, 2004
  • B.A., Political Science, Loyola University New Orleans, 1998