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Laurel Harbridge-Yong

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Political Science
Faculty Fellow, Institute for Policy Research


Areas of Focus

  • American politics
  • Political parties and partisan conflict
  • United States Congress
  • Congressional elections
  • Representation
  • Public Policy


  • Partisan conflict and the lack of bipartisan agreement in American politics
  • Why Congressional parties prioritize partisan conflict, focusing on both institutional changes and public preferences for bipartisanship
  • How the lack of bipartisan agreement in American politics affects the responsiveness of Congress members to their constituents and policy formation
  • Rejection of compromise by elected officials and their fear of punishment by primary voters