Laurel Elder
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Political Science, Law & International Relations
Areas of Expertise

American politics with a particular focus on public opinion and voting, political parties and elections, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.

Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Laurel Elder

Professor of Political Science and Department Chair

Laurel Elder is a Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College. She teaches a wide array of courses in American politics focusing on public opinion, voting, and elections with specific attention to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. Her most recent book is The Partisan Gap: Why Democratic Women Get Elected But Republican Women Don’t (NYU Press 2021).

Recent courses taught:

  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Diversity and Democracy
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Media and Politics
  • Politics In Action: Internship and Reflection
  • Public Opinion and Voting
  • Parties and Elections
  • Gender and Politics
  • The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • Presidential Nomination Process
  • Political Science Senior Thesis Methods


Professor Laurel Elder has published extensively on issues relating to public opinion, gender, parenthood and women’s representation. Her research has been covered in national news publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Fivethirtyeight.