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Elizabeth Heger Boyle

Protrait: Elizabeth Heger Boyle

Professor and Chair
Ph.D. 1996 Stanford University
J.D. 1987 University of Iowa
Room 909 Social Sciences
Phone: 612-624-3343

Curriculum Vitae

Interest Areas

Sociology of Law; Globalization; Children’s and Women’s Rights.

Current Research

Abortion Politics in the Global Arena. Transnational organizations from the International Planned Parenthood Association to the Roman Catholic Church have gotten involved in shaping abortion policies around the world. How has this affected governments’ regulation of abortion and what are the implications for women?

“Integrated Demographic and Health Survey Project.” 2012-2016. Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Selected Publications

"National Human Trafficking Initiatives: Dimensions of Policy Diffusion" (2015). Law & Social Inquiry 40(2).

When Do Laws Matter? National Minimum-Age-of-Marriage Laws, Child Rights, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989-2007,” with Minzee Kim, Wesley Longhofer & Hollie Nyseth Brehm (2013). Law & Society Review 47(3):589-620.

Female Genital Cutting.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies (2013). Ed. Heather Montgomery. New York: Oxford University Press [online].

Neoliberalism, Transnational Education Norms, and Education Spending in the Developing World, 1983-2004,” with Minzee Kim (2012). Law & Social Inquiry 37(2): 367-394. (Reprinted in Transnational Legal Process and State Change).

“Analyzing the Power of Child Rights Discourse in the Global Community,” with Hollie Nyseth Brehm (2011). Human Rights: New Possibilities/New Problems, edited by Austin Sarat. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing.

Law and Culture in a Global Context: The Practice of Female Genital Cutting,” with Amelia Corl. 2010. Annual Review of Law and Social Science 6:195-215.