Laird HeadshotI am an Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2014.

I study American Politics with specialization in Political Psychology and Race and Ethnic Politics. My research agenda and dissertation, Black Like Me: The Malleability of African American Political Racial Group Identification, examines the importance of black political discourse in black opinion formation and racial group norms. My published work can be found in the American Political Science Review, Politics, Groups, and Identities (a) (b), and American Politics Research. My co-authored book (with Ismail White), Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior is forthcoming with Princeton University Press. My research has also been featured on media outlets including NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s CodeSwitch (a) (b), Vox’s Mischiefs of FactionVoxThe Conversation, and Newsweek. You can download my CV here.

At Bowdoin, I teach several courses including: Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Urban Politics, Women of Color in Politics, and Public Opinion and Voting.