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Heidi Berggren, PhD

Associate Professor

Political Science

Contact

508-999-8272

508-999-8819

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Liberal Arts 328

Education

University of ColoradoPhD

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Theory and practice of national government in Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court, and the interaction of these institutions with interest groups, political parties, public opinion and the mass media.

Theory and practice of national government in Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court, and the interaction of these institutions with interest groups, political parties, public opinion and the mass media.

Students analyze and debate the politics surrounding the public policies that comprise the U.S. social safety net, including social security, welfare, education benefits and more

Trends, controversies, laws, policies and politics relating both to women's control over their fertility and to reproductive health in the United States. The areas covered include abortion, birth control, sterilization, sex education, sexually-transmitted disease (STD) prevention, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), the birthing process, and infant-feeding. We leanr differing feminist perspective relevant to these areas.

Available topics seminar in the field of American politics. Repeatable with change in content.

Students analyze and debate the politics surrounding the public policies that comprise the U.S. social safety net, including social security, welfare, education benefits and more

Trends, controversies, laws, policies and politics relating both to women's control over their fertility and to reproductive health in the United States. The areas covered include abortion, birth control, sterilization, sex education, sexually-transmitted disease (STD) prevention, assisted reproductive technologies (ART), the birthing process, and infant-feeding. We leanr differing feminist perspective relevant to these areas.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

An examination of the impact of gender as a variable in American politics. The course analyzes women in the electorate as candidates, as office holders, and as political participants, including participation in political organizations and lobbying groups. Cross-listed as WMS 332.

An examination of the impact of gender as a variable in American politics. The course analyzes women in the electorate as candidates, as office holders, and as political participants, including participation in political organizations and lobbying groups. Cross-listed as WMS 332.

Research

Research interests

  • Co-housing Movement
  • Work-Family Policy
  • Social Policy
  • Gender and Politics
  • Gender-Role Attitudes

Professor Berggren's research and teaching interests include the cohousing movement, social welfare policy, work-family policy, gender and politics, and political behavior. Her more recent publications include "Is Cohousing Good for Democracy? Comparing political participation among residents of cohousing communities and traditional condominium developments" (Housing and Society), “The Cohousing Research Network: A Community Approach to Communities Research,” (Communities, coauthored) “Cohousing as Civic Society: Cohousing Involvement and Political Participation” (Social Science Quarterly). Her publications have also appeared in other journals such as the Journal of Political Science Education, Political Research Quarterly, International Journal of Social Welfare, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, and Review of Policy Research. Professor Berggren is currently researching cohousing as a potential source of broader social improvement and civic renewal. She is setting up a longitudinal panel study of residents of cohousing communities and of forming communities throughout the United States. The goal is to discover the determinants of successful and accessible cohousing communities, and ultimately to contribute to the project of cohousing as a beneficial and durable housing option for wider publics. She also serves as the Assistant Director of the Cohousing Research Network.