Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Dr. Rachael Johnstone

​Assistant Professor

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD in Political Studies, Queen’s University
  • MA in Political Studies, University of New Brunswick
  • BA in Political Studies, Dalhousie University

Dr. Johnstone specializes in both Political Studies and Gender Studies, with a particularly strong interest in intersections of politics, law, and healthcare as they relate to gendered bodies. Her doctoral dissertation explored the politics of abortion in Canada following R v Morgentaler (1988), the Supreme Court case that decriminalized the procedure in Canada. Her current research continues to explore the impact of reproductive health policies in shaping access to abortion in Canada, as well as the impact of public health promotion campaigns on the treatment of pregnant women’s citizenship (in Canada and the UK).

Selected Publications

Johnstone, Rachael, and Emmett Macfarlane. 2015. “Public Policy, Rights and Abortion Access in Canada.” International Journal of Canadian Studies 51:97-120.

Johnstone, Rachael. 2014. “The Politics of Abortion in New Brunswick.” Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Society 36(2):73-87.