In 2005, Bergeron’s work shifted to a focus on the ways that assumptions about gender and sexual norms in economic theory made it complicit in invisibilizing and pathologizing LGBTQ persons and essentialized images of women as natural careers in development policy. This work was published in the journal Frontiers, a leading edited collection on Sexual Rights and Global Governance, International Feminist Journal of Politics and an influential collection Feminist Economics and the World Bank.
Bergeron then turned her attention to understanding the possibilities and limits of the “business case” for investing in women that is now the guiding principle for gender policy at the World Bank and United Nations. Bergeron is considered a leading international scholar on the complexities of the “business case” model in development. Her most recent work, which is nurtured by her affiliation with the Community Economies Research Network and the Women on the Verge collective, aims to bring to light and support feminist and post-capitalist alternatives to the “business case.”
Bergeron’s contributions to the campus through teaching and leadership have focused on the development of the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) program and on gender equity issues on the campus. She was the founding director of the Women in Learning and Leadership (WILL) program in 2004 and was instrumental in creating the major in WGST. Her leadership of the LGBTQ Task Force led to the creation of an LGBTQ coordinator and the eventual hire of an expert in this field to develop classes for the campus. She has organized approximately 100 events at UM-Dearborn, from conferences to national speakers to workshops to film series, since her arrival on campus in 1998. Most recently she contributed academic, research-focused programming to the campus conversation on sexual assault awareness and prevention. She also is a highly regarded and much sought out mentor, and her efforts in this regard have been critical in fostering the development of many faculty across the university.
In addition to her leadership and teaching in WGST, Bergeron also co-chaired the General Education task force that led to the current Dearborn Discovery Core Curriculum, was a member of the Experiential Education task force, was a lead member of the CASL Strategic Planning group, and was on the steering committee of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender in Ann Arbor, among other service contributions.