Laurie Rice

Laurie L. Rice

Associate Professor of Political Science, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Chapter Member: Chicagoland SSN

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Rice studies the presidency and policymaking, civic engagement and political participation, media and politics, and presidential campaigns. Her research ranges from presidents’ use of signing statements and Statements of Administration to shape policy to how political uses of social networking during campaigns shape the political participation of young adults. She teaches courses on the American Presidency, Political Parties and Interest Groups, Public Opinion, Media and Politics, and Leadership and Civic Activism. She is also the Coordinator of the Civic Education Project @ SIUe, a public service initiative of the Department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville that partners with campus and community members and organizations in the region to further civic education, civic engagement, and civic empowerment.


How Online Social Networking Helps Draw Young Americans into Political Participation

  • Kenneth W. Moffett

Midterm Malaise

In the News

Laurie L. Rice quoted on e-mails and politicians' legacies by Steven Perron, "Mo. AG Opens Investigation over Greitens Use of Social Media" News 4, April 30, 2018.
Laurie L. Rice's research on political engagement among college students discussed by Logan Cameron, "Pair Studies Social Media's Impact on Election," The Intelligencer, October 21, 2016.
"Why Child Development Accounts are Smart," Laurie L. Rice (with Andrew Theising), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 15, 2015.
"Lessons from Ferguson: Communication is Key," Laurie L. Rice (with Andrew Theising), St. Louis Post-Dispatch, September 15, 2015.
Guest to discuss the 2012 Illinois Presidential Primary on Bloomberg Radio’s "The Hays Advantage", Laurie L. Rice, March 20, 2012.


"Campaign-Related Social Networking and the Political Participation of College Students" (with Kenneth W. Moffett and Ramana Madupalli). Social Science Computer Review 31, no. 3 (June 2013): 257-279.
Examines the political participation of college students and provides evidence that joining online social networks that are political in nature helps broaden who participates and can encourage other more traditional forms of civic engagement.
"Cable and the Partisan Polarization of the President’s Audience" (with Samuel Kernell). Presidential Studies Quarterly 41, no. 4 (2011): 693-711.
Finds that presidents’ shrinking audience for national televised addresses occurs disproportionately among those presidents most need to persuade – those who disapprove of the president’s job performance. As a result, presidents find themselves losing the capacity to influence public opinion as a whole and instead preach to their party choir.
"Statements of Power: Presidential Use of Statements of Administration Policy and Signing Statements in the Legislative Process" Presidential Studies Quarterly 40, no. 4 (2010): 686-707.
Finds that presidents blindside Congress through assertions in signing statements about how they interpret and intend to implement laws in signing statements issued as they sign bills into laws more often than they attempt to bargain with Congress by raising their concerns earlier in the legislative process through Statements of Administration Policy.