Barbara Crosby has taught and written extensively about leadership and public policy, women in leadership, media and public policy, strategic planning, and leadership in transnational contexts. She has conducted training for senior managers of nonprofit, business, and government organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Ukraine. Crosby serves as an associate editor of Leadership Quarterly and has written several book chapters and articles for national journals.
Crosby received a B.A. degree in political science from Vanderbilt University and an M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also has a Ph.D. in leadership studies from the Union Institute and University. Prior to joining the University, Crosby worked as a gubernatorial press secretary and speechwriter and as a newspaper reporter and editor.