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Assistant Professor of Political Science


  • Ph.D., Public Policy, University of Arkansas, 2009
  • M.A., Government, The Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S., Journalism, University of Kansas
  • B.A., English, University of Hawaii

Teaching Specialties

  • Political Communication
  • e-Governance
  • Environmental Studies
  • Public Policy 

Research Interests

  • Political Communication (especially terrorism, war, presidential, congressional, social media, via e-government and by public administrators)
  • Environmental Policy (especially fracking and aquifer depletion)
  • e-Governance (especially at the local level)
  • Pedagogy (especially civic education, online instruction)
  • Women and Politics


  • Arkansas Civics Working Group (statewide consortium of professors)
  • American Political Science Association
  • Arkansas Political Science Association
  • International Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Northeast Arkansas National Association of Women
  • Women and Gender Studies Group (Arkansas State University)


Dr. Barbara Warner is an Assistant Professor of Political Science. She is part of both the Master’s in Public Administration and the Political Science Department faculty. She teaches classes on various aspects of politics, including political communication (particularly for public administrators and including social media, traditional media, via e-government); on the U.S. Congress; on public policy (including specifically on environmental policy); and on leadership for public managers.

Her research has focused on political rhetoric (particularly as it relates to presidents, war and terrorism); environmental policy (especially fracking and aquifer depletion); e-governance; and civics education.

Her doctoral dissertation, “Talking Us into War: Rhetorical Problem Definition by Presidents George W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson,” was a co-winner of the University of Arkansas’ 2010 Public Policy Ph.D. Program Distinguished Dissertation Award. Her article, “Fractured, Fragmented Federalism: A Study in Fracking Regulatory Policy,” was published in the top-tier journal, Publius: The Journal of Federalism and has been cited numerous times.

Dr. Warner has an extensive background as an award-winning political journalist and column writer. She also served as a press secretary, legislative aide and American Political Science Association fellow to five members of Congress (House and Senate) and to the U.S. House Small Business Committee. And she was appointed by former President Clinton to be a senior advisor for communications to the Under Secretary for Economic Affairs in the U.S. Commerce Department.

She maintains her community connection via her mayoral appointment and reappointment to the board of trustees for the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library. She also serves on the Foundation of Arts board for Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Barbara Warner

Contact Information

P: (870) 972-2196
F: (870) 972-2720


Building: HSS
Room: 3020