Laurel Elder, Professor of Political Science

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 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. She is the author or co-author of several books including the forthcoming Women in Elective Office: A Tale of Two Parties

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
  • Presidential Nomination Process
  • Political Science Senior Thesis Methods
  • Political Science Senior Thesis Advising

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):

  • Recipient of Hartwick College’s Winifred D. Wandersee Scholar-in-Residence Award: Presented to two faculty members annually to support scholarly projects that promise to be significant contributions to their fields.
  • Recipient of Hartwick College’s Teacher-Scholar Award: Presented annually to one faculty member who has provided intellectual leadership to the campus community as both a teacher and a scholar.
  • Recipient of Hartwick College’s Margaret Brigham Bunn Award for Excellence in Teaching: 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.
  • Faculty Advisor to Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, which has been the recipient of multiple best chapter awards for its work promoting engaged citizenship.
  • Nominated twice by Hartwick College for U.S. Professors of the Year Award, Sponsored by CASE and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


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. See CV below for full listing.

College service and professional affiliation:

Professor Laurel Elder has held numerous leadership and service positions during her tenure at Hartwick College. Please see her CV below for details.

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