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).


  • Leave It in the Ground: The Politics of Coal and Climate (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2019)
  • Editor: Teamsters and Turtles? Progressive US Political Movements in the Twenty-First Century (Boulder: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003)
  • Author: Unequal Struggle: Class, Gender, Race and Power in the US Congress (Boulder: Westview, 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