John Berg, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Government

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  • PhD, Harvard University
  • MA, Harvard University
  • BA, University of Wisconsin

Research Interests

  • Parties and party systems, especially minor parties
  • Legislative Politics
  • Interest groups and lobbying
  • American political development
  • Environmental politics

Employment History

  • At Suffolk since 1974.
  • Previously legislative research assistant to Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI).


  • Political Science Internships: Towards Best Practices, ed. Renée B. Van Vechten, Bobbi Gentry, and John C. Berg (Washington: American Political Science Association, 2021).
  • Leave It in the Ground: The Politics of Coal and Climate (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2019).
  • Teamsters and Turtles? U.S. Progressive Political Movements in the 21st Century (ed.) (Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003).
  • Unequal Struggle: Class, Gender, Race, and Power in the U.S. Congress, (Boulder: Westview Press, 1994).

Other Activities

  • President, New England Political Science Association, 2013-2014
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist, 2005-2010 (University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine, 2005; Cheju National University, Korea, 2006; University of the Free State, Qwaqwa, 2009)
  • Chair, Research Committee #49, "Socialism, Capitalism, and Democracy" of the International Political Science Association, 2000-2009
  • Associate Fellow, Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, 2004-2007
  • President, Northeastern Political Science Association, 2003-2004
  • Chair, New Political Science Section, American Political Science Association, 2001-2003
  • Reviews Editor, New Political Science, 1998-2003