Elizabeth Heger Boyle
Educational Background & Specialties
- 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.
- Sociology of Law
- Children’s and Women’s Rights
- Reproductive Health
- 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
- 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.
- "Contextual Data in IPUMS DHS: Physical and Social Environment Variables Linked to the Demographic and Health Surveys," with Miriam L. King, Sarah Garcia, Corey Culver, and Jordan Boudreaux. Forthcoming. Population and Environment.
- “Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting .” Forthcoming. In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood Studies. Edited by Daniel Thomas Cook. NJ: Sage.
- "IPUMS DHS: Version 7 [dataset]," with Miriam King and Matthew Sobek. 2019. Minnesota Population Center and ICF International. DOI: 10.18128/D080.V7 (2019).
- "Intergenerational Transmission of Female Genital Cutting: Community and Marriage Dynamics," with Joseph Svec. 2019. Journal of Marriage & Family 81(3):631-647.
- "The Global Adoption of National Policies Protecting Children from Violent Discipline in Schools and Homes, 1950-2011,” with Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2018. Law & Society Review 52(1):206-233.
- "IPUMS DHS: Version 4 [dataset]," with Miriam King and Matthew Sobek. 2017. Minnesota Population Center and ICF International. DOI: 10.18128/D080.V4 (2017),
- The Art and Science of Social Research. 2017. Edited with Deborah Carr, Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Shelley Correll, Robert Crosnoe, Jeremy Freese, and Mary Waters. NY: W.W. Norton & Co.
- "The Catholic Church and International Law,” with Shannon Golden and Wenjie Liao. 2017. Annual Review of Law & Social Science 13:395-411.
- "Women and Economic Development," with Joseph Svec. 2017. Encyclopedia of Globalization. Edited by George Ritzer. NY: Routledge.
- "Is Human Fecundity Changing? A Discussion of Research and Data Gaps Precluding Us from Having an Answer,” with Melissa M. Smarr, Katherine J. Sapra, et al. 2017. Human Reproduction 32(3):499-504.
- "Success in Reducing Female Genital Cutting: A Multilevel Framework of Social Change," with Joseph Svec. 2017. Pp. 349-360 in Alleviating World Suffering. Edited by Ron E. Anderson. NY: Springer.
- "Refugees," with Jasmine Trang Ha. 2017. Pp. 82-88 in Youth and Young Adulthood: New Perspectives and Agendas, 2nd Edition. Edited by Andy Furlong. NY: Routledge.
- "Abortion Liberalization in World Society, 1960-2009," with Minzee Kim and Wesley Longhofer. 2015. American Journal of Sociology 121(3):882-913.
- "National Human Trafficking Initiatives: Dimensions of Policy Diffusion," with Eun-hye Yoo. 2015. Law & Social Inquiry 40(3):631-663.
- ”Genital Cutting, Female," with Fortunata Songora Makene. 2014. Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah. UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
- "When Do Laws Matter? National Minimum-Age-of-Marriage Laws, Child Rights, and Adolescent Fertility, 1989-2007," with Minzee Kim, Wesley Longhofer, and Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2013. Law & Society Review 47(3):589-620.
- "Female Genital Cutting," Ed. Heather Montgomery. 2013. Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. 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.
- "Why the Underutilization of Child Rights in Global Mobilization? The Cases of Female Genital Cutting Practices and User Fees for Education,” with Hollie Nyseth Brehm. 2011. In Human Rights: New Possibilities/New Problems. Edited by Austin Sarat. Bingley. UK: Emerald Group Publishing.
- Faculty Mentoring Award, Sociology Department, University of Minnesota, 2011, 1998.