Mariel Barnes

Credentials: Assistant Professor


216 Observatory Hill Office Building
1225 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706

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Mariel Barnes is an Assistant Professor of public affairs.

Barnes’ primary research agenda examines everyday forms of violence against women, gender, and the politics of the welfare state with a specific focus on highly industrialized countries. She also is interested in the relationship between gender and institutions, including the representation and incorporation of women.

Professor Barnes is a core faculty member of UW–Madison’s Sexual Violence Research Initiative, an interdisciplinary group designed to investigate the psychological, societal, and policy aspects of sexual violence.

In all her research, Professor Barnes utilizes a mixed-methodology approach, combining large quantitative analysis with qualitative historical comparative analysis, archival sources, interviews, and ethnographic observation. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin, the Mercatus Center, and the Institute for Humane Studies.

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  • Ph.D., Cornell University, Government
  • M.A. (Hons), University of Chicago, International Relations
  • B.A. (Hons), University of New South Wales, Politics and International Relations; History


Public affairs courses taught by Mariel Barnes:

PA 240 Evidence-Based Policy Making

PA 974 International Program Evaluation

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