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Emily Baer

Assistant Professor & MA Program Director
Phone: (603) 862-1517
Office: Political Science, Horton Social Science Center, Durham, NH 03824

Emily Baer is an assistant professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. She previously served as a National Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia, and an APSA Congressional Fellow with Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) where she worked as a legislative assistant on labor and regulatory issues, and equal pay and paid leave legislation. Her research examines the development and evolution of American political institutions, including Congress and political parties, as well as women and politics, from an inter-disciplinary and multi-method perspective. Her current projects address the causes and consequences of congressional reform and group organization in Congress, including recent historical and contemporary efforts by party factions (such as the liberal Democratic Study Group and the conservative Republican House Freedom Caucus) to challenge the status quo in the House of Representatives. Her research is ultimately focused on identifying specific strategies that members of Congress can adopt to reform the static legislative branch to be more representative of and responsive to the public and national policy problems.

Courses Taught

  • POLT 402: American Politics & Government
  • POLT 505: American Congress
  • POLT 511: Women & Politics
  • POLT 580: Selected Topics Am Politics
  • POLT 602A: Internship
  • POLT 602D: Internship
  • POLT 709/809: Reforming American Government
  • POLT 797B/897B: Seminar/American Politics
  • POLT 798B/898B: Seminar/American Politics


  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Minnesota
  • B.A., Political Science, Georgetown University
  • B.A., History, Georgetown University

Research Interests

  • American politics
  • Congressional reform
  • Political institutions
  • Political parties
  • Political representation
  • U.S. Congress
  • Women & politics

Selected Publications

  • Baer-Bositis, E. (2019, April 4). Organized Party Factions in the House of Representatives: the Liberal Democratic Roots of the Conservative House Freedom Caucus. In Midwest Political Science Association. Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, IL.

  • Baer-Bositis, E. (2019, March 30). Explaining Women Candidate’s Campaigns in 2018: A Typology of Campaign Types. In American Elections Conference. Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire Institute of Politics.