Faculty & Staff

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Christa Kelleher, PhD

  • Research Director, Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, McCormack Graduate School Lecturer, Women in Politics and Public Policy Program, McCormack Graduate School
  • Telephone: 617.287.5530
  • Office Location: Healey Library, 10th Floor, Room 12

Areas of Expertise

Identifying, analyzing and promoting public policies that improve the conditions of women’s lives; advancing women’s political leadership


PhD, Sociology, Brandeis University
MA, Sociology and Women’s Studies, Brandeis University

Additional Information

Kelleher oversees research on women’s political leadership and a range of public policy issues that affect women, with a particular focus on women’s reproductive and maternal health.

Christa Kelleher has been affiliated with the Center’s Graduate Certificate Program for Women in Politics and Public Policy since 2002 and teaches the “Contemporary American Public Policy Issues” course. She has previously taught courses in sociology, community health, public affairs, and public policy at Pine Manor College, Brandeis University, and Tufts University.

Kelleher’s federally funded doctoral study examined the complex issues facing Boston and Toronto-based mothers during the early postpartum period to inform public policies related to this important women’s health issue.

Her background includes work on political campaigns, in the Massachusetts Legislature, and in not-for-profit advocacy organizations.

Learn more about Kelleher's publications on her Scholarworks page.