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Kurt-Rune Bergset

PhD Candidate

I am a PhD scholar at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK) at the University of Bergen. My background is in political science with a BA in European Studies and an MA in Comparative Politics. Before joining the SKOK staff I have had several short employments as scientific assistant, been employed as administrative course coordinator and taught seminar groups in social science methods (MET102) and introductory social science theory (SV100), both are areas of academic interest. I’ve also administered an internship programme in collaboration with private and public employers for pol.sci. students (SAMPOL290).

My current research is multidisciplinary, combining political science and gender theory on the study of judicial behaviour, focusing on different ways gender is manifested in the court of law and in the intersection between law and politics or between the two political branches and the judicial branch of government. Theoretically, the project is mainly informed by theories of judicial behaviour, focusing on how male and female judges are recruited, differences in judges’ background, whether judges’ own gender or their ideas about gender may affect their behaviour in court, and how gendered discourses manifest themselves in legal literature. Methodologically, I employ a mixed-methods scheme, combining small-N interviews and discourse analysis with large-N analyses of judges’ votes and argumentation.

2013: Article series on microscopic political parties in Norway in Norwegian weekly 'Dag og Tid'

KVIK101/KVIK110, «Introduction to Gender Studies», teaching seminars

MET102, «Social Science Methods», teaching seminars and course coordinator

SV100, «Introduction to Social Science» teaching seminars and course coordinator

SAMPOL290, «Internships in Comparative Politics», teacher and coordinator

Master Thesis 2013: "Gender in the Supreme Court of Norway - Judicial behaviour in child custody cases, 1968 - 2011". Available through Bergen Open Research Archive.