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About Laura Moyer

Laura Moyer is an associate professor of political science and an affiliate faculty member of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research primarily focuses on judicial decision making in the U.S. courts of appeals, where she has published work about how small group dynamics influence decision making in legal settings, how legal doctrine is developed and transmitted across legal institutions and actors, and how race and gender affect judicial decision making.


July 2015 - Present Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of Political Science
July 2013 - June 2015 Assistant Professor, University of Louisville Department of Political Science
2008 - 2013 Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University ‐ Department of Political Science

Curriculum Vitae


2017 - Present Collaborative Research: Judicial Diversity and Appellate Decision Making
National Science Foundation - SES #1655159
Role: Principal Investigator
2012 Humanities & Social Sciences Summer Research Fellowship
Louisiana State University
Role: Recipient
2011 Performance Review grant
Louisiana State University, College of Humanities and Social Science
2010 ASPIRE (Arts & Sciences Program in Research) mentor travel funding
Louisiana State University
2010 LSU Council on Research Summer Stipend Award
Louisiana State University
2007 - 2008 Dean's Award for Social Science Dissertation Research Grant
University of Georgia
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Honors and Awards

  • UofL Faculty Favorites nominee, various years.
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Award, Louisiana State University. 2012.
  • Nicholson Award for Outstanding Faculty Member, Louisiana State University. 2011.
  • Graduate School Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Georgia. 2007.
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award. Department of Political Science, University of Georgia. 2004.


  • POLS 629 Seminar in American Politics
  • POLS 316 Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • HON 436/446 Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
  • POLS 314 Judicial Politics
  • POLS 313 American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties & Civil Rights
  • POLS 312 American Constitutional Law: Powers of Government


2008 Ph. D., University of Georgia ‐ Political Science
2004 M.P.A., University of Georgia ‐ Public Administration
2000 B.A., Emory University ‐ English/Interdisciplinary Studies in Culture and Society

Contact Information

University of Louisville
Department of Political Science
205 Ford Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: 502-852-3245


Books (1)

Journal Articles (12)

Book Chapters (2)

Book Reviews (1)

Media (1)