Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Elizabeth Baisley to join the department as Assistant Professor in Canadian Politics

Elizabeth Baisley

The department is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Baisley will join the Department of Political Studies on July 1, 2020 as an Assistant Professor in Canadian Politics.

Elizabeth’s research examines questions of Canadian political development in comparative-historical perspective and considers how history, institutions, and identity interact to explain large-scale political change.  Their ongoing work foregrounds the role of political organizations, especially political parties, interest groups, and social movements.  Elizabeth’s current book project examines polarization on sexuality politics in the U.S. and Canada, focusing especially on interest group involvement in federal party nominations, leadership races, and party policy conventions. 

Before joining the Queen’s faculty, Elizabeth held postdoctoral positions in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.  They completed a PhD and MA in Politics at Princeton, an MA in Political Studies at Queen’s, and an Honours BA in Human Rights and Human Diversity at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Elizabeth’s work has appeared in Human Rights Quarterly, the Journal of Human Rights, Race & Class, and the Canadian Journal of African Studies.

“I was drawn to the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s because of its strong sense of identity, its long-standing strengths in both Canadian politics and gender and politics, and opportunities to interact with impressive students and colleagues,” says Elizabeth. “I very much look forward to joining this extremely collegial and pluralist department.”