Susan C. Bourque
Esther Booth Wiley Professor of Government
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Susan C. Bourque is the former provost and dean of the faculty at Smith College (2001-09). She joined the Smith College Department of Government in 1970 after completing her Ph.D. at Cornell University. From 1989 to 1994, she was chair of the department. She is currently director of the Project on Women and Social Change and leading an interdisciplinary research project on women's education.
Bourque's research focuses on a wide range of political and educational issues in Latin America and the United States. Her books include Women on Power: Redefining Leadership Redefined, co-edited with Sue Freeman and Christine M. Shelton (Boston, Northeastern University Press 2001); The Politics of Women's Education: Perspectives from Asia, Africa and Latin America, co-edited with Jill Ker Conway (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993); Learning About Women: Gender, Politics and Power (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1989); Women Living change: Cross-cultural Perspective, co-edited with Donna Robinson Divine (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1985); and Women of the Andes: Patriarchy and Social Change in Two Peruvian Towns (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1981).
Women of the Andes was awarded the Alice and Edith Hamilton Prize and her article, "Democracy without Peace: The Cultural Politics of Terror in Peru," won the New England Council of Latin American Studies Best Article Prize.
Her most recent articles are "Reassessing Research: Liberal Arts colleges and the Social Sciences," in Distinctively American: the Residential Liberal Arts College (Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Volume 128, Number 1, Winter 1999) and "Grassroots Organizations and Women's Rights: Meeting the Challenge of the Local/Global Link," with Mary Geske, in Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective, ed. Marjorie Agosin (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2001).
Professionally, Bourque has served as the president of the Women and Politics section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and as a member of its executive council. She has served as treasurer of the APSA and as trustee of the APSA Trustee and Development Committee and as a member of the Executive Committee of the APSA Centennial Committee. She has also served on the executive councils of the Latin American Studies Association, the New England Council of Latin American Studies, and the Association for Women and Development.