PhD, Stanford University
Laurel Harbridge's primary areas of research and teaching include the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and public policy. Her recent research explores the ramifications of party polarization in Congress for the responsiveness of members to their constituents and for policy formation. She is interested in how members of Congress have used bipartisan coalitions to appeal to the more moderate members of their constituency. Harbridge's ongoing research agenda explores whether the political party has, in fact, become more dominant in the organization of legislative behavior.