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Erin Heidt-Forsythe

by Betsy VanNoy Mar 26, 2020
Erin Heidt-Forsythe

Associate Director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Departments of Women's Studies and Political Science

College of the Liberal Arts

2018-20 Sherwin Early Career Professorship

123 Willard Building
University Park, PA 16802


  1. PhD, Political Science, Rutgers University
  2. BA, Politics, Occidental College


Erin Heidt-Forsythe received a PhD in Political Science, with a focus on Women and Politics, from Rutgers University. Her work examines the intersections of gender, political science, and bioethics. Employing mixed quantitative and qualitative methods, she studies US state legislation and policymaking about assisted reproductive technologies. She has published on assisted reproductive technologies, feminist bioethics, and social policy. Her areas of specialization include science, medicine, and health; reproduction and the body; American state politics and policy; interest groups and representation. From 2012-13, she was a grant-funded faculty research associate at the Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL) at Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Departments of Women’s Studies and Political Science as an Assistant Professor in August 2013.