Chryl N. Laird

Assistant Professor of Government - on leave for the 2020-21 academic year
(207) 725-3997

Chryl Laird teaches courses in race and ethnic politics, urban politics, American politics, and political behavior. For her teaching, she was awarded the Ernest A. Calloway Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award (2015) from the African American Studies Program at Saint Louis University.

Laird’s ongoing research agenda and dissertation, Black Like Me: The Malleability of African American Political Racial Group Identification, examines the importance of black political discourse in black opinion formation. Her second line of work focuses on how group norms shape black political behavior. She has received several awards for research including the Rodney Higgins Best Faculty Paper Award (2014) from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the Best Paper Award: Race & Ethnic Politics Section (2014) from the American Political Science Association. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review and Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Curriculum Vitae

Chryl N. Laird


  • PhD, Political Science, Ohio State University, 2014
  • MA, Political Science, Ohio State University, 2008
  • BA, African American Studies, University of Maryland College Park, 2005
  • BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland College Park, 2005