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Professor Laura Schneider

Laura Schneider

Contact
Professor Laura Schneider
Department of Political Science
1124 AuSable Hall
1 Campus Drive
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI 49401
616.331.8988      
schneila@gvsu.edu

Education
Ph.D. in Political Science, Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) 2008
M.A. in Political Science, Purdue University 2004
B.A. in Government, Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, New York) 2002

Fields: public policy, environmental policy, women and politics

Courses
Introduction to American Government
The Policy Process
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Women, Politics, and Public Policy

Publications

"Speak Up! Oral Examinations and Political Science" (with Melissa J Buehler). Journal of Political Science Education (October - December 2009).

Conference Presentations

"Reactive Policy and the Perpetuation of the Gender Wage Gap." Western Political Science Association Conference, Portland, Oregon. March 2012.

"Calling All Citizens! Understanding the Value and Need for Substantive Civic Knowledge." American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Washington, D.C., February 2012. 

"Deliberative Success: An Analysis of the United States Forest Service and Deliberative Democracy." Western Political Science Association Conference, Vancouver Canada, March 2009.

"Speak Up! Oral Examinations and Political Science." (with Melissa J. Buehler). American Political Science Association Conference, Chicago, September 2007.

"Practicing Deliberative Democracy: The Forest Service, Citizens, and Fire." paper accepted Western Political Science Association Conference, Las Vegas, March 2007.

"Confident Teaching: Do Political Science Graduate Students Have the Necessary Tools?" (with Melissa J Buehler). American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Charlotte, February 2007.

"Who Wants to Save That? Legitimating Policies to Save Non-Charismatic Species." (with Leigh S Raymond). American Political Science Association, Washington D.C., September 2005.

"Where's the Fire? Beliefs, Values, and the Healthy Forests Restoration Act." Western Political Science Association Conference, Oakland, March 2005.

Biography

I joined the Grand Valley State University Political Science Department in the fall of 2008. Prior to that, I finished up my masters and Ph.D. at Purdue University. I did my undergraduate work at Skidmore College, a small liberal arts college in upstate New York. I am originally a Midwesterner growing up in St. Paul, Minnesota. My family and I are happy to call Michigan home and love the fantastic weather (yes, even the winter).

My research interests are in public policy focus primarily on environmental policy, however, policy impacts on women and families is also an area I am passionate about. In addition, I enjoy pedagogical research.