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Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

B.A. (Guelph); M.A. (Dalhousie); Ph.D. (McGill) 

Elizabeth Goodyear Grant

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Department of Political Studies
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Research Interests

Canadian and comparative politics; elections and voting behaviour; gender and political behaviour; women candidates and legislators; media and politics; representation

Brief Biography

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Ph.D. McGill) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on Canadian and comparative politics, with particular interests in electoral politics, voting behaviour, and public opinion; news media; and the political representation of women. She is the author of Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013), which was one of three books shortlisted for the Canadian Political Science Association’s 2014 Donald Smiley Prize, an award for best book published in Canadian Politics in the preceding year. In Gendered News, Goodyear-Grant presents compelling evidence that gender structures certain aspects of news coverage of candidates and politicians – not how much they’re covered, but certainly how they’re covered – and demonstrates that these differences can impact negatively on female candidates’ and leaders’ electoral prospects and political careers, contributing to the persistent under-representation of women at all levels of politics. Goodyear-Grant has also published work on attitudes toward democracy and political representation, attitudes toward the use of referenda, and so on, all part of a larger research agenda that concentrates on representation and political behaviour published in venues such as Politics & Gender, Electoral Studies, Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

In the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s, Goodyear-Grant teaches courses on campaigns and elections; women, gender, and politics; Canadian politics more generally; and empirical methods. 

Selected Publications


Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. "Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada." Vancouver: UBC Press.
*Shortlisted for the Canadian Political Science Association’s 2014 Donald Smiley Prize
*Named one of the Best Books of 2014 by the Hill Times

Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Janet Hiebert, and J. Scott Matthews. 2013. “The Courts/Parliament Trade-off: Canadian Attitudes on Judicial Influence in Public Policy.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. 51(3): 377-397.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Julie Croskill. 2011. “Gender Affinity Effects in Vote Choice in Westminster Systems: Assessing 'Flexible' Voters in Canada.” Politics & Gender 7(2): 223-250.

Cameron Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2010. “Why are Highly Informed Citizens Sceptical of Referenda?” Electoral Studies. 29(2): 227-238.

Cameron D. Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2008. “Youth Turnout: Adolescents’ Attitudes in Ontario.” Canadian Journal of Political Science41(3): 1-22.

Cameron D. Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2005. “Conceptions of Political Representation in Canada: An Explanation of Public Opinion.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 38(4): 1029-1058.

Peter Aucoin and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2002. “Designing a Merit-Based Process for Appointing Boards of ABCs: Lessons from the Nova Scotia Reform Experience.” Canadian Public Administration 45(3): 301-327.

Chapters (Peer-reviewed)

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant.  2013. “Women Voters, Candidates, and Legislators: A Gender Perspective on Recent Party and Electoral Politics.” In Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics. Eds., A. Bittner and R. Koop, 119-139. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Bittner, Amanda, and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. “A Laggard No More? Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics.” InStalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Legislatures. Eds., L. Trimble, J. Arscott, and M. Tremblay, 115-134. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2010 “Who Votes for Women Candidates and Why? Evidence from the 2004 Canadian Election Study”. In Voting Behaviour in Canada. eds. C. Anderson and L. Stephenson, 43-64. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2009. “Crafting a Public Image: Women MPs and the Dynamics of Media Coverage”. In Are Doors Opening Wider? Studies of Women’s Political Engagement in Canada. ed. S. Bashevkin, 147-165. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, André Blais, and Neil Nevitte. 2005. “Gender, Knowledge and Social Capital.” InGender and Social Capital. eds. B. O’Neill and E. Gidengil. New York: Routledge.