Laura P. Moyer, PhD

Associate Professor, Graduate Director and Advisor



Laura Moyer is an associate 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. She recently received funding from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of President Obama’s historic appointments to the U.S. Courts of Appeals. You can read more about her research here (

Honors and Awards

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