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Sarina Rhinehart

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Sarina Rhinehart's Bio

Sarina Rhinehart is a second-year political science Ph.D. student and graduate fellow with the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Her research focuses on congressional elections, gender and politics, media, and representation. One recent project includes examining the electoral implications for how Republican congressional candidates chose to align their campaigns with Trump’s race for the White House. Rhinehart is currently working on a paper that looks at how institutional design impacts the representation of women in state bureaucratic leadership positions. Rhinehart has presented her work at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference and the State Politics and Policy Conference.

Rhinehart is a 2014 graduate of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked full time as a journalist at daily newspapers in Iowa covering community news including the Iowa caucuses and local and state government. 


"Jumping on the Trump Train or Ditching the Donald: Campaign Rhetoric and the 2016 Congressional Election" with Jessica M. Hayden and Michael H. Crespin. Forthcoming Journal of Political Marketing

Working Papers:

“Appointees Versus Elected Officials: The Implications of Selection Method on the Diversity of State Bureaucratic Leaders” with Matthew J. Geras and Jessica M. Hayden

“Taking Advantage of Limited Opportunities: Female Candidate Emergence in Congressional Elections” with Matthew J. Geras and Jessica M. Hayden

“Policy Dimensionality and Sponsorship Patterns in the U.S. House of Representatives” with H. Benjamin Ashton, III

“Sunday Show Sourcing: Exacerbating the Appearance of a Polarized Institution”

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Sarina Rhinehart
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Curriculum Vitae (PDF)