Katherine Krimmel

Katherine Krimmel joined the Barnard faculty in 2016, after spending three years in the political science department at Boston University. Her substantive research and teaching interests include political parties, public opinion and representation, American political development, and fiscal politics. Methodologically, she is interested in applying new tools for data management, analysis, and visualization to the study of politics and history. 

Her work has been published or is forthcoming in American Politics Research, Harvard Business ReviewLegislative Studies Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Studies in American Political Development. She recently won the Hahn-Sigelman Prize for the best article published in American Politics Research in 2017. She is also working on a book manuscript on the historical roots of contemporary party polarization.

Academic Focus: 

Political parties, public opinion and representation, American political development, fiscal politics


American Political Parties (Fall 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016)

American Political Development (Fall 2018)

Gender and Public Policy (Spring 2017, Fall 2016)

Public Opinion and Representation (Spring 2017)

Awards & Honors: 

Hahn-Sigelman Prize for the best paper published in American Politics Research in 2017

Nomination, 2014 E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American government, American Political Science Association

National Fellow, The Miller Center, University of Virginia, 2012-2013

Mellon Graduate Fellow, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, 2012-2013

Teaching and Faculty Fellowships, Columbia University, 2006-2012

Summer Research Fellowships, Columbia University, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Thomas S. Barclay Graduate Fellowship in Government and Public Law, 2007-2008

Outstanding Presentation Award, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Northwestern University, 2003

Professional Affiliations: 

American Political Science Association


"Rights by Fortune or Fight? Reexamining the Addition of Sex to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act." Forthcoming, Legislative Studies Quarterly

2017. “The Efficiencies and Pathologies of Special Interest Partisanship.” Studies in American Political Development 31(2): 149-169.

2017. “Behind the Federal Spending Paradox: Economic Self-Interest and Symbolic Racism in Contemporary Fiscal Politics” (with Kelly Rader). American Politics Research 45(5): 727-54. 2016.

2016. “Gay Rights in Congress: Public Opinion and (Mis)Representation” (with Jeffrey Lax & Justin Phillips). Public Opinion Quarterly 80(4): 888-913.

2015. “Political Parties and Legislators” in Breaking Down the State, Ed. Jan Willem Duyvendak and James M. Jasper. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Office Hours: 

Spring 2019

Monday 2:00pm-4:00pm

1103 Milstein Center


Ph.D., M.Phil., and M.A., Columbia University

B.S., Northwestern University, Cum Laude