Elizabeth Heger Boyle

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Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. : Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, 1996.
  • J.D.: magna cum laude, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1987.
  • M.A: Sociology, University of Iowa, Iowa, 1987.
  • B.S.: Sociology, summa cum laude, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1983.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Sociology of Law
  • Globalization
  • Children’s and Women’s Rights
  • Reproductive Health
Courses Taught
  • Soc 3090 - Topics: Global Perspective on Women's Health
  • Soc 4101W - Sociology of Law
  • Soc 4171 - Sociology of International Law
  • Soc 4966W - Senior Projects
  • Soc 8090 - Topics: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives on Human Rights
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Council member: American Sociological Association (ASA) Human Rights Section, 2016-18.
  • Chair: Membership Committee, ASA Human Rights Section, 2016-18.
  • UMN Sociology Department Chair, 2012-17.
  • Chair: UMN College of Liberal Arts Council of Chairs, 2014-15.
  • Council Member: Sociology of Law Section, ASA, 2013-15.
  • Chair: Nominations Committee, Sociology of Law Section, ASA, 2014.
  • Chair: Publications Committee, Law & Society Association, 2011-13.
  • Trustee: Board of Trustees, Law & Society Association, 2011-13.
  • UMN Faculty Liaison to the State Legislature, 2010-12.
  • Ex-officio, UMN Faculty Consultative Committee, 2010-12.


  • Women's Health in the Global Arena: Transnational organizations from the International Planned Parenthood Association to the Roman Catholic Church have gotten involved in shaping women's health policies around the world. How has this affected governments’ regulation of women's health and what are the actual implications for women?
  • IPUMS-Demographic and Health Surveys Project: Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, this project enhances the ability to conduct comparative research with DHS data for scholars and policymakers around the globe
  • IPUMS PMA: Recent data from the Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 project makes it possible to assess short- and long-term changes in women’s interest in and access to family planning, water, and sanitation. This project unlocks the PMA data for easy comparative research by scholars and policymakers around the globe.
  • Faculty Mentoring Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, 2011, 1998.