Public policy, American politics, Research methods, Ethics

Professor Beld has been a member of the St. Olaf Department of Political Science since 1984. She specializes in program evaluation and policy analysis, particularly in relation to U.S. public policies affecting family well-being. Her child support research has been disseminated to academic, practitioner, and policy-making audiences at both the state and national levels, and prompted significant reforms to Minnesota’s child support statutes. Currently, she is on released time from teaching to serve as the the St. Olaf College Vice President for Mission.  In that capacity she works with the St. Olaf Board of Regents, oversees the continuing accreditation of the college, and serves as the campus Title IX Coordinator.  Professor Beld is married to Tim Delmont and lives in south Minneapolis. They have four children and three grandchildren.