Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


Office of the Director

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Ph.D. McGill) is Director of the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, as well as 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; political institutions and their effects on political behaviour; voting behaviour, and public opinion; news media; methods of measuring gender in survey research; 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 won the 2015 Pierre Savard Award from the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS). This award is given annually to recognize books of exceptional quality that contribute to a better understanding of Canada, at home as well as abroad. Gendered News was also 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, and named one of the best books of 2014 by the Hill Times.

Her current research projects include a collaborative project on the measurement of gender in survey research, work with IIGR Associate Director Kyle Hanniman on the behavioural foundations of fiscal federalism, as well as solo work on how electoral institutions and quota measure affect levels of and changes in women’s representation in post-industrial democracies.

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.

Goodyear-Grant teaches courses on campaigns and elections; women, gender, and politics; Canadian politics more generally; and empirical methods, and is also Associate Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA) at Queen’s University.