Patricia A. Boling

Patricia A. Boling

Professor // Political Science

Chair, Political Science Graduate Program

Professor // SIS // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1984
M.A. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
B.A. Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1975

Office Information

Office: BRNG 2256
Office Phone: (765) 494-3711
Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
Office Hours: By appointment,



Public Policy
Politics, Groups, and Identities

Research Summary

Professor Boling has written, Privacy and the Politics of Intimate Life (Cornell, 1996), and edited, Expecting Trouble: Surrogacy, Fetal Abuse, and New Reproductive Technologies (Westview, 1995). Her research deals broadly with how problems rooted in private life (e.g., the family, sexuality, reproductive matters, intimate relationships) come to be understood as political issues, a theme which she has played out with respect to feminist democratic theory, and is currently pursuing with respect to comparing family policies and democratic responsiveness in France, Germany, Japan, and the United States. Her latest book: The Politics of Work-Family Policies, Comparing Japan, France Germany and the United States. (Cambridge University Press, 2015),

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