Laurel Elder, Professor of Political Science, Department Co-chair of Sociology & Coordinator of Legal Studies

309 Golisano Hall

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 is a Professor of Political Science and the Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Hartwick College. She teaches a wide array of courses in American politics focusing in particular on public opinion, voting, and elections with specific attention to issues of gender, race, and ethnicity. She is also the co-author of two books, American Presidential Candidate Spouses: The Public’s Perspective (2018) and The Politics of Parenthood: Causes and Consequences of the Politicization and Polarization of the American Family (2012).

Recent courses taught:

  • U.S. Government and Politics
  • Political Science Research Methods
  • Congress and the Presidency
  • Media and Politics
  • Public Opinion and Voting
  • Parties and Elections
  • Gender and Politics
  • The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
  • The 2016 Presidential Nomination Process
  • Political Science Senior Thesis Methods
  • Political Science Senior Thesis Advising

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):

  • Faculty Advisor to Hartwick College’s Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha
  • The National Political Science Honor Society, 1999 – present. 
  • Received five “Best Chapter” Awards from National Pi Sigma Alpha for 2015-2016, 2008-2009; 2007-2008; 2005-2006; and 2003-2004 Academic Years. 
  • Nominated twice by Hartwick College for Professors of the Year Award, Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Spring 2014 and 2013.
  • 2012 Northeastern Political Science Association Women’s Caucus Award for the Best Paper on Gender or Women and Politics, for “Contrasting Party Dynamics: The Representation of Democratic Versus Republican Women State Legislators, 1981-2011”
  • Teacher-Scholar Award.  Hartwick College, 2012. Presented annually to one faculty member who has provided intellectual leadership to the campus community as both a teacher and a scholar. 
  • Margaret Brigham Bunn Award for Excellence in Teaching, Hartwick College, 2008. Presented annually to a member of the faculty judged by students who graduated five years earlier to have been the most outstanding faculty member with whom they studied. 

Selected publications:

  • Laurel Elder, Brian Frederick, Barbara Burrell, 2018. American Presidential Candidate Spouses, The Public’s Perspective, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Susan Banducci, Laurel Elder, Steven Greene, and Daniel Stevens.Forthcoming. “Parenthood and the Polarization of Political Attitudes in Europe.” European Journal of Political Research.
  • Laurel Elder and Steven Greene, “The Politics of Walmart Moms:  Parenthood and Political Attitudes in the 2012 Election,” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
  • Laurel Elder and Steven Greene. 2016. “Red Parents, Blue Parents: The Politics of Modern Parenthood.” The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics. 14 (2): 143–167. DOI: 1515/for-2016-0013.
  • Laurel Elder, 2014. “Whither Republican Women in New England?”The New England Journal of Political Science, 7(2): 161-193.
  • Laurel Elder, 2014. “Contrasting Party Dynamics: A Three Decade Analysis of the Representation of Democratic versus Republican Women State Legislators,” The Social Science Journal, 51(3): 377-385.
  • Laurel Elder and Steven Greene. 2012. “The Politics of Parenthood: Parenthood Effects on Issue Attitudes and Candidate Evaluations in 2008.” American Politics Research, 40(3): 418-448.
  • Laurel Elder, 2012. “The Partisan Gap among Women State Legislators.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 33(1): 65-85.
  • Barbara Burrell, Laurel Elder, and Brian Frederick. 2011. “From Hillary to Michelle: Public Opinion and the Spouses of Presidential Candidates.” Presidential Studies Quarterly. 41(1): 156-176.  

College service and professional affiliation:

  • Faculty Council, Elected Member, 2014-present
  • Co-leader of Governance, Leadership, and Administration Group for Middle States Commission on High Education Accreditation Task Force, 2016-present.
  • Women and Gender Studies Coordinator, 2015-2016
  • Faculty leader of Stephen L. Green Governance Award Project, Worked with President Drugovich and Stephen L. Green ’59 to establish award, run the competitions, and lead student trips to NYC to SLGreen Realty.2010-present.
  • Title IX Hearing Officer, 2015-present; Sexual Assault and Harassment Special Hearing Board Member, 2001-2015. 
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