Janine Parry is professor of political science at the University of Arkansas and has directed the Arkansas Poll since its inception in 1999. A native of Washington State, she completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in 1992 magna cum laude and her M.A. and Ph.D. at Washington State University in 1994 and 1998 respectively. Her major fields of teaching and research include state politics and policy with a focus on Arkansas and southern politics, public opinion and voter mobilization, and gender, politics, and policy. She has been a contributor to election night coverage by National Public Radio and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and been a guest expert on NPRâ€™s Talk of the Nation. She also has appeared on CNN, the CBS Evening News, and Fox News among other outlets and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Newsweek, and Salon.com, together with dozens of other media outlets around the country and the world.
Dr. Parryâ€™s work has been published in Political Behavior, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of Black Studies, and other journals as well as in many edited volumes. Serving in 1999-2000 as the chair of the Arkansas Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Dr. Parry also assisted the Washington D.C.-based Institute for Women's Policy Research with the publication of a comprehensive study of The Status of Women in Arkansas (2000). She was awarded Fulbright Collegeâ€™s Master Teacher Award in 2002 and the university-wide Alumni Association Award for teaching and, separately, service in 2005. In 2008, the provost appointed her to a three-year term as co-director of the universityâ€™s Teaching and Faculty Support Center.