Patricia A. Boling

  • Associate Professor, Undergraduate Chair for Political Science, Legislative Internship Director, Director of Asian 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

Department Information

Political Science // Faculty
Asian Studies // SIS // Faculty

Office Information

  • Office: BRNG 2256
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-3711
  • Office Fax: (765) 494-0833
  • Office Hours: Spring 2017: T 9:00-11:00, F 1:00-3:00; for appt.
  • E-mail:
  • Courses

  • Spring 2017
    POL 360 - Women and the Law

    Fall 2016
    POL 600 - Political Science: Discipline and Profession
    POL 651 - Feminist Theories

    Fall 2015
    POL 524 - Public Policy and the Family
    POL 600 - Political Science: Disipline and Profession

    Spring 2015
    POL 429-H - Politics and the Ethics of Food, Honors

    Fall 2014
    POL 360 - Women and the Law
    POL 520 - World Food Problems, Team Taught by Professor Boling, et al
    POL 622 - Public Policy and Public Administration


  • Specialization

  • Public Policy/Public Administration
    Women in Japan
    Japanese Society and Politics

  • 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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