Elisha Corbett

Elisha Corbett

Doctoral Candidate


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

Political Studies

Supervisors: J. Rose, E. Goodyear-Grant

Doctoral Candidate

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 descent 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, girls, and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S) in the media. Her doctoral research focuses on how traditional print media frames and how Indigenous communities frame MMIWG2S affect non-Indigenous Canadians' perceptions of and support for MMIWG2S. 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 one of Canada’s oldest institutions: the media.

Elisha is also a passionate teacher, a dedicated researcher, and an advocate for gender equity in her academic and personal life. She is an active member of the Queen’s and Kingston communities at large. She has been an executive member of the Queen’s Female Leadership in Politics Conference since its inaugural year in 2015. She was the 2019 Co-Chair of the Political Studies Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) and in 2018 was 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.


POLS 212- Canadian Politics (Head Teaching Assistant) 

POLS 313- Political Communication (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 384- Research Methods (Teaching Assistant) 

POLS 385 – Introduction to Statistics (Teaching Assistant and Content Developer)

POLS 320 – First Nations Politics (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 367 – American Foreign Policy (Teaching Assistant)

POLS 391 – Electoral Systems (Course Co-Developer)

Selected Publications


Corbett, Elisha. 2019. “When Disinformation Becomes Deadly: The Case of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canadian Media. Disinformation and Digital Democracies in the 21st Century. NATO Association of Canada. 

“Deeper Dive: Media and Representation”. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Government of Canada. 

“Deeper Dive: Criminalizing and Incarcerating Indigenous Women”. National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. 

Corbett, Elisha. “Destruction by Territorial Expulsion: The Cherokee Removal” in Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights, edited by Michael Kocsis. Springer Publications. Forthcoming - Spring 2020.

Corbett, Elisha. “The Dawes Act and Territorial Rights” in Global Encyclopedia of Territorial Rights, edited by Michael Kocsis. Springer Publications. Forthcoming - Spring 2020.

Conference Presentations

Keynote Speaker. “Decolonizing Student Organizations at Post Secondary Institutions” Canadian Federation of Students Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, November 22, 2019. 

Keynote Speaker. “Creating and Maintaining the Violence: “Media Framing of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit People” The Learning Network- Western 

Sole Author and Presenter. “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.

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

Sole Author and Presenter. “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)