Politics & Policy

Tracy Osborn

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


Tracy Osborn's research focuses on women, politics, and public policy in the U.S. state legislatures and Congress, women’s political behavior, and gendered violence. 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 anti-feminist policy and women’s representation in the United 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

  • PhD, Political Science, Indiana University, 2004
  • BA, Political Science, Loyola University-New Orleans, 1998