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May 08, 2017 : OUL Professor Advocates on Capitol Hill


Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Linda Trautman, met with federal lawmakers and their staff members about the importance of federal funding for social and behavioral science research.



“It is vital to emphasize why social science research is necessary and why there should be significant federal investment, in particular, in political science research,” said Trautman.


Trautman, in collaboration with other professors, directors and leaders of governmental agencies, met with the offices of Representative Joyce Beatty, Senator Sherrod Brown and Senator Rob Portman to advocate for specified funding levels for research agencies and foundations including the National Institute of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Justice, and federal statistical agencies.


“Maintaining federal funding levels for social science research is critically important,” said Trautman. “I discussed with our public servants the necessity of funding to enhance educational opportunities for students.”


This was Trautman’s third Capitol Hill visit to advocate for social science research funding as a part of the Consortium of Social Science Association and on behalf of the Midwest Political Science Association which selected her as an advocacy representative.


The Consortium of Social Science Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to promote sustainable federal funding for and widespread use of social and behavioral science research and federal policies that positively impact the conduct of research. The Midwest Political Science Association is a nonpartisan organization dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in all areas of political science.


Trautman’s primary teaching and research interests in the field of American politics include state legislative politics, congressional representation, mass political behavior, U.S. public policy and urban governance. She can be contacted at for more information.