Bentley Hall with Annex

Faculty & Staff Profile 

Susan Burgess
Susan Burgess 

229 Bentley Annex

Susan Burgess is a Professor of Political Science, with areas of interest in gender and sexuality, public law, popular culture, and radical politics.  She is the author of The New York Times on Gay and Lesbian Issues (CQ/Sage)The Founding Fathers, Pop Cultureand Constitutional Law: Who's Your Daddy? (Ashgate) and Contest for Constitutional Authority: The Abortion and War Powers Debates (Kansas).  She is currently completing The CQ Guide to Radical Politics in the United States (with Kate Leeman, CQ/Sage) and LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader (with Marla Brettschneider and Cricket Keating, NYU Press).  Her work has also appeared in a wide variety of journals including differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies; Law and Society Review; Law, Culture, and the Humanities; Political Research Quarterly; Polity; New Political Science; Review of Politics; PS: Politics and Political Science; and Studies in Law, Politics, and Society.

Burgess has received several departmental and university-wide awards for excellence in teaching. She has taught a wide variety of classes including:  Law and Sexuality; Sexuality and Queer Theories; Contemporary Civil Rights Movements; Graduate Seminar in Constitutionalism and Social Justice; Women, Gender and Rock and Roll; Introduction to U.S. Politics; Constitutional Law; Civil Rights and Liberties; Legal Theory and Social Problems; Graduate Seminar in Feminist Social and Political Theory; LGBT Politics (on-line); Women, Feminism and Law; and Law and Social Change: Race and Sexuality. 

Burgess has held several leadership positions in the American Political Science Association.  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, as well as a member of the Committee on the Status of Women, and the Committee on the Status of LGBTs.  As part of the Perestroika movement in Political Science, her successful candidacy for a seat on the governing Council triggered an Association-wide competitive election, challenging the longstanding system of top-down nominations.  During her term on the Council she was selected to sit on its Administrative (Executive) Committee and co-organized a new section in Politics and Sexuality with Angelia Wilson of Manchester University.  Burgess has also been active in the Western Political Science Association, sitting on its Executive Council and serving several times as coordinator of its Politics and Sexuality Section.  She has also been an officer in the Midwest Political Science Association’s Women’s Caucus and has served as Program Organizer for its LGBT Caucus.

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, where she also served as Director of Women's Studies at UWM from 1996-2000.