Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Patricia Mockler

PhD Candidate Patricia MocklerPhD Candidate 
BA (Honours) Political Science and Social Justice and Peace Studies (King’s University College at Western University)
MA Political Studies (Queen’s University)

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B309


Research Interests

Political participation, deliberative democracy, state-society relations, political behaviour

Patricia’s research examines the implications of participation in long-form deliberative processes such as citizens’ assemblies and citizens’ juries on the practice of democratic citizenship. Inspired by innovations in democratic participation in the Canadian and Australian contexts, Patricia’s work seeks to gain insights into the consequences of this novel type of political participation for individual participants’ political efficacy and subsequent patterns of political participation. She hopes that this research will tell us a little more whether deep citizen engagement produces better citizens.

Brief Biography

Patricia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Studies. She recently completed  comprehensive exams in Canadian politics and gender and politics. She completed her Master’s of Arts in Political Studies at Queen’s in August 2016. Her MA research examined the implications of structural inequality for deliberation in Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution. Patricia is also a facilitator with MASS LBP, a leading public consultation firm based in Toronto, Ontario. This work has contributed significant insights into her research on the nature of citizen deliberation and help inform the questions that will guide her doctoral research. 

Selected Publications

Patricia Mockler and Jonathan Rose. “Who Participated? Examining Citizen Participation in Electoral Reform.” In State of the Federation 2017: Federalism and Democratic Renewal, edited by Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Kyle Hanniman. Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Forthcoming- Spring 2018.

“Notions of ‘Belonging’ and Canada’s Political Institutions.” In Perspectives on the Politics of Borders and Belonging, edited by Marin Ingalise Beck, Bailey Gerrits, Alexandra Liebich, and Rebecca Wallace. Kingston: Centre for International and Defence Policy, Queen’s University, 2017.

“Youth Employment Trends” [Policy brief co-authored with Laura Orton] London’s Child and Youth Network. October 2016. 

Conference Presentations

"Public Deliberation and Electoral Reform in Canada.” (co-written with Jonathan Rose.) Paper presented at the 2017 Meeting of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association, Moncton, NB October 13-15, 2017.

“Who Participated? Examining Citizen Participation in Electoral Reform.” Paper presented at the State of the Federation 2017 Canada at 150: Federalism and Democratic Renewal, Kingston, ON June 16-17, 2017.

“Politically-Relevant Capacity and Deliberative Mini-Publics: Evidence from Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution.” Paper presented at the 2017 Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, Toronto ON, May 30- June 1, 2017.

 “Civic and Civil Participation: Professionalization and Cooptation in Municipal Policy-Making.” (Paper written with Jacquetta Newman.) Paper presented at the 2014 Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association, St. Catharines, ON, May 27-29, 2014. 


  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
    • September 2017- August 2018
  • Queen’s Graduate Award
    • September 2016- August 2017
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph Armand- Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s
    • September 2015-August 2016
  • Queen’s University Tri- Agency Recipient Recognition Award
    • September 2015- August 2016


  • POLS 391 Introduction to Electoral Systems (Course co-developer)
  • POLS 212 Introduction to Canadian Politics (Teaching assistant)
  • POLS 211 Canadian Government (Teaching assistant)
  • “Federalism” (class module) POLS 212, Canadian Politics delivered to Queen’s University Political Studies Summer Institute (Summer 2017)