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 with Princeton University Press 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 and commentary has also been featured on media outlets including The New York Times, FiveThirtyEight, MSNBC, CNN, The Atlantic, The Washington Post (a) (b), NPR’s All Things Considered (a) (b), NPR’s CodeSwitch (a) (b), Vox’s Mischiefs of Faction, Vox (a) (b), The 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.