Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Susan Burgess
Susan Burgess 

229 Bentley Annex

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

Professor Burgess has published three books:  The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian IssuesThe Founding Fathers, Pop Culture, and Constitutional Law: Who's Your Daddy?  and Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates.  Her work has also appeared in Political Research Quarterly; Polity; New Political Science; 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 CQ / Sage Guide to Radical Politics in the United States, due out in 2016.   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 several departmental and university-wide awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching. She has taught a wide variety of classes including: Introduction to American Government; Constitutional Law; Civil Rights and Liberties; The Politics of Law and Sexuality; Legal Theory and Social Problems; Graduate Seminar in Constitutionalism and Social Justice.

Professor Burgess has held a many positions in professional political science 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, 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.

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.