Laura P. Moyer, PhD

Professor, Graduate Director and Advisor



Laura Moyer is Professor of Political Science and an affiliate faculty member of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on judicial decision making in appellate courts, where she has published work about how small group dynamics influence legal decision making, how legal doctrine is developed and transmitted across legal institutions and actors, and how race and gender affect judicial decision making. Her work on judicial diversity has been funded by the National Science Foundation, cited in congressional testimony, and published in leading academic journals. You can read more about her research and find links to her publications here (

Honors and Awards

2023, APSA Law and Courts Section Teaching and Mentoring Award (Co-Winner)
2019. Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity in the Social Sciences. University of Louisville College of Arts and Sciences.
2019. Lead PI, National Science Foundation supplemental funding for oral arguments project.
2017. Lead PI, National Science Foundation grant, “Collaborative Research: Judicial Diversity and Appellate Decision Making” (SES# 1655159)
2012. Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, Louisiana State University.
2011. Nicholson Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Louisiana State University.
2007. Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award.  University of Georgia.
2004. Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Department of Political Science, University of Georgia.
2000. Phi Beta Kappa, Emory University.

Teaching Areas

Constitutional law, judicial politics, research methods, American politics, gender, sexuality, and the law

Research Areas and Projects

Judicial decision making, small group behavior, empirical legal studies, automated content analysis, race, gender, and the law