Chryl Laird is an Associate Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland College Park. She has previously held positions in Political Science at Saint Louis University and Bowdoin College. She received her PhD and MA from The Ohio State University and BAs in African American Studies and Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park. Laird is an alumna of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program and the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute.  Her work in American Politics focuses on Race and Ethnic Politics and Political Psychology. Laird’s research examines the importance of black political discourse in black opinion formation and racial group norms. Her highly acclaimed book, Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior (co-author Ismail White) examines how black partisanship to the Democratic party is maintained through black social networks and political norms. Her next research project engages the interwoven nature of racial and gender identities for Black women and how it results in a political engagement (and partisanship) where the work of their gender politics is conducted through their racial politics. Her scholarship can be found in numerous journals in political science including American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics (forthcoming), Politics, Groups, and Identities, and American Politics Research.

Areas of Interest

  • Race, Ethnicity and Politics
  • Women of Color in Politics
  • Political Psychology
  • Political Behavior

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    Political Science, The Ohio State University
  • Degree Type
    MA
    Degree Details
    Political Science, The Ohio State University
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    African American Studies, University of Maryland College Park
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    Government and Politics, University of Maryland College Park
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
GVPT479W Women of Color in Politics Spring 2022 Syllabus
GVPT479W Women of Color in Politics Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT479B Seminar in American Politics: Black Politics Fall 2022 Syllabus
GVPT479B Seminar in American Politics: Black Politics Spring 2023 Syllabus
Portrait of Chryl Laird
1143 Tydings Hall
Department of Government and Politics
Email
cnlaird [at] umd.edu