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 a specialization in Race and Ethnic Politics and Political Psychology. My research agenda examines the importance of black political discourse in black opinion formation and racial group norms. My book (with Ismail White), Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior by Princeton University Press (February 2020) examines how black partisanship to the Democratic party is maintained through black social networks and political norms. My research can also be found in the American Political Science Review, Politics, Groups, and Identities(a)(b), and American Politics Research.  My research has also been featured on media outlets including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, 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.