Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Elisha Corbett

Elisha CorbettDoctoral Student
MA Political Science (Western); BAH Political Studies and Drama (Queen’s)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C401   

Supervisors: J. Rose, E. Goodyear-Grant 

Research Interests

Canadian politics; gender and politics; political communication; political behaviour; media framing of sexual violence; public opinion; and Indigenous politics 

Brief Biography

Elisha is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies. She is of Irish and Cherokee decent which deeply informs her program of study. Elisha studies Canadian Politics and Gender and Politics with a focus on the (mis)representation of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in the media. Her doctoral research focuses on how the priming of different media frames of MMIWG affects non-Indigenous Canadians perceptions of and support for MMIWG. She hopes that her research will tell us more about how colonialism and racism perpetuate and silence the violence against Indigenous women and girls through media representation (or lack thereof). She also hopes that her research can be a modest step to decolonizing of one of Canada’s oldest institutions: the media.

Elisha is also a passionate teacher, a dedicated researcher, and advocate for gender equity in her academic and personal life. She is active member in the Queen’s and Kingston community at large. She has been an executive member of the Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics Conference since its inaugural year in 2015. She is the 2019 Co-Chair of the Political Studies Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) and was the 2018 the Co-Chair of the 2018 PSGSA annual graduate conference. She is also on the board of directors for the Autism Mentorship Program, a not-for-profit organization.


Corbett, Elisha. “Deeper Dive: Media and Representation”. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Government of Canada. Forthcoming- Spring 2019.

Corbett, Elisha. “Destruction by Territorial Expulsion: The Cherokee Removal” in Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights, edited by Michael Kocsis. Springer Publications. Forthcoming - Spring 2019.

Corbett, Elisha. “The Dawes Act and Territorial Rights” in Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights, edited by Michael Kocsis. Springer Publications. Forthcoming - Spring 2019.

Conference Presentations

“Media Framing of Sexual Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls: A Comparison of ‘Newsworthy’ Victims and Others” Canada Political Science Association Annual Conference, University of British Columbia, June 6 2019.

“The Liberal Party’s Branding from 2006-2015” Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference, University of Regina, May 30 2018.

“Natives, Nationalism, and the Canadian Identity” Queen’s University Political Studies Graduate Student Association Conference, Queen’s University, May 11 2018.

“The Liberal Party’s Immigration Framing in the 2015 Canadian Federal Election” Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa, March 23 2018.

Awards and Scholarships

Jean Royce Fellowship (2019-2020)

The Stanley Drabek Graduate Award (February 2019)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (September 2018- August 2019)

Canadian Political Science Association, Graduate Three-Minute Thesis Finalist (May 2018)

Central European University, summer university scholarship for “Territorial Sovereignty in the Age of Migration” (February 2018)

Queen’s Graduate Award (September 2017- May 2018)

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph Armand- Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s (September 2016-August 2017)

University of Western Ontario, Dean’s Scholarship of Excellence (September 2016)


POLS 385 – Introduction to Statistics (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 320 – First Nations Politics (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 367 – American Foreign Policy (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 391 – Electoral Systems (Course Co-Developer)