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Susan Burgess

Susan Burgess


Political Science
225 Bentley Annex

Susan Burgess is Professor of Political Science. Her areas of interest include U.S. politics; public law; gender and sexuality; and popular culture.

Prof. Burgess has published three books: The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues (Sage / CQ, 2011); The Founding Fathers, Pop Culture, and Constitutional Law: Who's Your Daddy? (Ashgate, 2008 in Austin Sarat’s series on Law, Justice and Power); and Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates (Kansas 1992). She has also published numerous articles in disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals such as Polity; Political Research Quarterly; Review of Politics; PS: Politics and Political Science; Differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies; Law and Society Review; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society. She is currently completing The Sage / CQ Guide to Radical Politics in the United States (under contract with Sage/CQ) and On the Fringe: How Radicalism Shapes Mainstream U.S. Politics (under contract with Routledge). With Marla Brettschneider and Cricket Keating, she has also begun work on an edited collection entitled LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, a collection of essays that explores the development of this area of study in Political Science over the last 25 years.   

Professor Burgess has received departmental and university-wide awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Classes taught include: Introduction to U.S. Politics; The Politics of Law and Sexuality; Gay and Lesbian Politics; Legal Theory and Social Problems; Graduate Seminar in Constitutionalism and Social Change.

Professor Burgess has held a wide variety of positions in professional associations. In the American Political Science Association, she has been an elected member of the Council, served on the Executive Committee of the Law and Courts section twice, coordinated the Constitutional Law division, chaired the GLBT Caucus, was instrumental in founding the Politics and Sexuality section (with Angie Wilson), and served on the Committee on the Status of Women.  She has also served in various capacities in the WPSA and the MPSA and has sat on several editorial boards including Law and Social InquiryPolitical Research Quarterly, and The Law and Politics Book Review.

Professor Burgess joined the Department of Political Science at Ohio University in 2000, serving as the Director of Women's Studies at OHIO from 2000-2005. During her term as Director, Women's Studies undertook significant program development, including the creation of a new undergraduate major. Prior to her arrival at OHIO, Professor Burgess was a member of the Political Science faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1988-2000. She served as Director of Women's Studies at UWM from 1996-2000.

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