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Laurie A. Rhodebeck, Ph.D.


  • Associate Professor, Political Science



  • Fourth Floor, Room 405
  • Ford Hall, Belknap Campus

Phone Number

  • 502-852-3313

Email Address




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I grew up in the Midwest and completed my Bachelor of Arts at Miami University, majoring in Political Science and Spanish.  In graduate school at Yale University I completed my Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy in the joint Politics and Psychology Program.  I began my teaching career at the University of Notre Dame and have also taught at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and Oberlin College.

At the University of Louisville I teach undergraduate classes in American government, parties and elections, the mass media, Congress, and participation and representation, and graduate classes in research methods, statistics, and American politics. 

My research interests focus on the role of social issues in electoral politics, the impact of values on public opinion, and the framing effects of political discourse.  I am currently working on a chapter about the 2010 Kentucky Senate race for a book on the midterm elections and, with my colleague Jason Gainous, a multi-method project that examines the relationship between elite discourse on gay issues and the role of values in shaping public opinion about gay rights.

Selected Publications

  • “Framing Gay Rights Issues Using Egalitarian and Traditional Values,” presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 2009 (co-author: Jason Gainous).
  • “Context Matters: Race, Values, and Opinions on Social Issues,” presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 2009 (co-author: Jason Gainous).
  • “Core Values and Opinions about Socio-Cultural Issues,” presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 2006.
  • “Partisanship, Religion, and Gay Rights: Another Perspective on the Gender Gap,” presented at Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, 2005.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.Phil., Yale University
  • M.A., Yale University
  • A.B., Miami University

Teaching Areas

  • Undergraduate:
  • Participation and Representation
  • Media and Politics
  • Elections in American Politics
  • The American Congress
  • Political Psychology
  • Public Opinion
  • Social Movements
  • Introductory American Government
  • Research Methods
  • Introductory Statistics
  • Graduate:
  • American Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Introductory Statistics

Research Interests

  • Political Methodology
  • Qualitative and Multi-method Research
  • Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior
  • Representation and Electoral Systems
  • Political Communication
  • Political Psychology

Professional Activities

  • Editorial board, Southern Communication Journal
  • Reviewer for American Journal of Political Science, American Political Research, American Politics Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, Gender & Society, The Journal of Politics, Law and Society, Political Research Quarterly (Western Politics Quarterly), Politics & Gender, Review of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Social Security Bulletin, Southern Communication Journal, Texas Journal of Political Studies, Women & Politics
  • Reviewer for National Science Foundation
  • Reviewer for Congressional Quarterly Press, Cambridge University Press
  • Discussant or Chair, various panels at meetings of the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, the Southern Political Science Association, and the Social Science History Association.
  • Midwest Women’s Caucus: President (2003-2004), Newsletter editor (1999-2002).
  • Chair or member, Breckinridge award committee, Midwest Political Science Association (2003-2004, 2007-2008).
  • Outside evaluator for periodic program review
  • Outside evaluator for faculty promotion

Honors & Awards

  • Dr. Rhodebeck is one of the four winners for the 2010 Kentuckiana Metroversity Awards for Instructional Development (2010).
  • State University of New York, Buffalo, Student Association university-wide award for outstanding undergraduate teaching (1987).
  • University of Louisville “Faculty Favorite” (multiple years).

Professional Memberships

  • American Political Science Association
  • Midwest Political Science Association
  • Southern Political Science Association
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