Laurie A. Rhodebeck, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Political Science



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.

    Honors and Awards

      State University of New York, Buffalo, Student Association university-wide award for outstanding undergraduate teaching, 1987
      Kentucky Metroversity Award for Instructional Development, 2010
      University of Louisville Faculty Favorite, Multiple Years

        Teaching Areas


            Participation and Representation
            Media and Politics
            Women and Politics
            Elections in American Politics
            The American Congress
            Political Psychology
            Public Opinion
            Social Movements
            Introductory American Government
            Research Methods
            Introductory Statistics


                American Politics
                Political Behavior
                Research Methods
                Introductory Statistics

                  Research Areas and Projects

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

                      Professional Memberships

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

                      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, Oxford University Press.

                      Discussant or Chair, various panels and roundtables at meetings of the American Political Science Association (1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2007), the Midwest Political Science Association (1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013), the Southern Political Science Association (1995), and the Social Science History Association (1985).

                      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