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Patricia A. Boling

Patricia A. Boling

Professor Emerita // Political Science
Emeriti Faculty

Limited Term Lecturer // Political Science

Affiliated Faculty // Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

Affiliated Faculty // Asian Studies // SLC
Emeriti Faculty

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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


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Public Policy
Politics, Groups, and Identities


Research Summary

Professor Boling's 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 is The Politics of Work-Family Policies, Comparing Japan, France Germany and the United States (Cambridge University Press, 2015).

Professor Boling has also written Privacy and the Politics of Intimate Life (Cornell, 1996) and edited Expecting Trouble: Surrogacy, Fetal Abuse, and New Reproductive Technologies (Westview, 1995).