Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Susan Burgess
Susan Burgess 

229 Bentley Annex

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

Her publications include The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues; The Founding Fathers, Pop Culture, and Constitutional Law: Who's Your Daddy?; Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates, as well as work in several disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals such as Polity; 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 working on a book-length manuscript entitled Popularizing American Government: Understanding U.S. Government Through Popular Culture (under contract with Routledge).

Professor Burgess has received departmental and university-wide awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. Classes taught include: Introduction to American Government; The Politics of Law and Sexuality; Legal Theory and Social Problems; Graduate Seminar in Constitutional Politics; Women and Gender, and Rock and Roll; and Graduate Seminar in New Feminist Scholarship.

Professor Burgess has held a variety of positions in professional associations. She was an elected Council member of the American Political Science Association and was selected to sit on its Administrative (Executive) Committee. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Law and Courts section twice, coordinator of the Constitutional Law Division, chair of the LGBT Caucus, and a member of the committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee on the Status of LGBTs. She is also active in the Western Political Science Association and has sat on its Executive Council and served several times as coordinator of its Politics and Sexuality Section. She also sits on the editorials boards of Political 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 OU 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 OU, 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.