Elizabeth Baisley

Elizabeth Baisley

Assistant Professor

PhD, MA (Princeton); MA (Queen’s); Honours BA (Wilfrid Laurier)

Political Studies

Canadian Politics, Gender and Politics

Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

Canadian politics; Canadian political institutions; Canadian political development; interest groups and social movements; political parties; gender and sexuality in Canadian politics; LGBTQ+ politics 

Supervisory Interests 

Dr. Baisley would be interested in supervising students in the following areas: diversity in Canadian politics; Canadian political institutions; Canadian political parties; Canadian interest groups and social movements; Canadian political development; gender in Canadian politics; LGBTQ+ politics; Canada in comparative perspective; and qualitative, multi- and mixed-method research. For more information, see Baisley’s supervision page: https://www.ebaisley.com/ 

Brief Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Baisley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies. Broadly speaking, Baisley’s research focuses on issues of rights and representation in Canadian politics. This research often foregrounds the role of political parties, interest groups, and social movements in social and political change. Baisley draws on both qualitative and quantitative materials, including archival materials, interviews, observations of political events, survey data, roll-call data, and experiments. 


For detailed information about political studies courses and instructors, please refer to the Undergraduate and Graduate pages. 

Service (2023/2024)

  • Departmental Committee
  • Field Convenor (Canadian)

Selected Publications

Baisley, Elizabeth. Forthcoming. “Institutional Opportunities and Party Position Change on LGBTQ+ Rights: The Case of Canada.” Politics, Groups, and Identities

Albaugh, Quinn M. and Elizabeth Baisley. 2023. “Gender and LGBT Affinity: The Case of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.” Politics & Gender, 1–24. 

Baisley, E. 2016. “Reaching the Tipping Point? Emerging International Human Rights Norms Pertaining to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity,” Human Rights Quarterly, 38(1), 134-163.

Baisley, E. 2015. “Framing the Ghanaian LGBT Rights Debate: Competing Decolonisation and Human Rights Frames,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, 49(2), 383-402.

Baisley, E. 2014. “Genocide and Constructions of Hutu and Tutsi in Radio Propaganda,” Race & Class, 55(3), 38-59.

Baisley, E. 2012. “Status-Differentiated Rights,” Journal of Human Rights, 11(3), 365-383.