Chryl Laird was appointed Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Maryland in 2021, having previously held the role of Marvin H. Greene Jr. Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin College. She studies American Politics with a specialization in race and ethnic politics and political psychology and in 2018 was awarded the Karofsky Encore Lecture for excellence in teaching. Her book Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Political Behavior (with Ismail White), examines how Black partisanship to the Democratic party is maintained through social networks and political norms. Her research and commentary has been featured on a number of media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, The Atlantic, and FiveThirtyEight. She tweets at @chryllaird.