Chryl N. Laird

Marvin H. Green, Jr. Assistant Professor of Government — on leave for the 2020-21 academic year

Chryl Laird is an Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies. She received her PhD in political science from The Ohio State University in 2014. She studies American Politics with a specialization in race and ethnic politics and political psychology. Her book (with Ismail White), Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Political Behavior with Princeton University Press, examines how Black partisanship to the Democratic party is maintained through social networks and political norms. Her research and commentary has been featured on a number of media outlets including The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, The Atlantic, and FiveThirtyEight.

In 2018, Laird was awarded the Karofsky Encore Lecture for excellence in teaching at Bowdoin College. Laird teaches several courses at Bowdoin including: Race, Ethnicity and Politics, Urban Politics, Women of Color in Politics and Public Opinion and Voting.

Laird is an alumna of the American Political Science Association Ralph Bunche Summer Institute and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

Curriculum Vitae

Chryl 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