Political Science Professor Caroline Tolbert recognized as among most cited in her field

Friday, March 1, 2019

Caroline Tolbert University of Iowa Professor of Political Science Caroline Tolbert was recognized in a PS: Political Science article, "The Political Science 400: With Citation Counts by Cohort, Gender, and Subfield," on January 4th, 2019. Tolbert was acknowledged as one of the 400 most-cited political science faculty in the discipline in terms of citations to her published work.

The study's sample includes the 3,719 faculty in political science PhD-granting departments in the United States. Tolbert was also ranked among the 25 most-cited political scientists in her PhD age cohort (1995-1999), and among the top 40 most-cited women political scientists throughout any age cohort.

Tolbert joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2006. She is the author/coauthor of eight books, as well as dozens of articles in scholarly journals. Her research explores voting, elections, public opinion, and representation widely defined. She has contributed to our understanding of digital politics, American state politics, direct democracy and race and politics. Her work on digital citizenship or information technology use argues connectivity is necessary for effective participation in society, the economy and politics. Tolbert was named a Collegiate Scholar by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for outstanding research and teaching in 2009.


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.