October 7, 2020 at 4:41 pm

Trautman Talks to Ohio Today about Passion for Politics

Linda Trautman, portrait

Dr. Linda Trautman. Photo by Ty Wright, BFA ’02, MA ’13

Ohio Today magazine features Dr. Linda Trautman, Associate Professor of Political Science, “discussing her decision to teach political science, her thoughts on America’s political system and some things that might come as a surprise to those who don’t already know her” in a story headlined “Last Word.”

Trautman, based at the Lancaster Campus, “has served on the faculty at OHIO since 2005 and teaches courses offered across the OHIO system, including graduate classes in Athens. Her areas of expertise include state and national legislative politics, electoral participation and voting behavior, and urban governance and American public policy. Her most recent research explores campaign strategies and governance styles of the first African American female mayoral regimes, as well as the effects of felony disenfranchisement upon election turnout and partisan vote share in presidential elections.”

What made her want to study and teach political science?

“I had a great interest in teaching at an early age and developed a passion for American politics and government during high school. My love for teaching was nurtured at an early age as I would develop a fictional classroom and teach as a means of playing when I was younger….”

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