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).
    • Kentuckiana 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