Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

Elizabeth Goodyear Grant

Associate Professor
PhD (McGill); MA (Dalhousie); BA (Guelph)
Canadian Politics, Gender & Politics

Department of Political Studies
Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room C328
Phone: (613) 533-6240 
CV (PDF, 173KB)

Research Interests

Canadian and comparative politics; elections and voting behaviour; gender and political behaviour; women candidates and legislators; media and politics; representation

Brief Biography

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Ph.D. McGill) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, and the Director of both the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR) as well as the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA). Her research focuses on Canadian and comparative politics, with particular interests in electoral politics, voting behaviour, and public opinion; news media; and the political representation of women. She is the author of Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013), which won the 2016 Pierre Savard Award from the International Council of Canadian Studies, and was one of three books shortlisted for the Canadian Political Science Association’s 2014 Donald Smiley Prize. 

In Gendered News, Goodyear-Grant presents compelling evidence that gender structures certain aspects of news coverage of candidates and politicians – not how much they’re covered, but certainly how they’re covered – and demonstrates that these differences can impact negatively on female candidates’ and leaders’ electoral prospects and political careers, contributing to the persistent under-representation of women at all levels of politics. Goodyear-Grant has also published work on attitudes toward democracy and political representation, attitudes toward the use of referenda, and so on, all part of a larger research agenda that concentrates on representation and political behaviour published in venues such as Political BehaviorPolitics & GenderElectoral StudiesCommonwealth & Comparative Politics, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

In the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s, Goodyear-Grant teaches courses on campaigns and elections; women, gender, and politics; Canadian politics more generally; and empirical methods. 

Selected Publications


Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. Gendered News: Media Coverage and Electoral Politics in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

  • Winner of the 2016 Pierre Savard Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 Donald Smiley Prize
  • Named one of the Best Books of 2014 by the Hill Times

Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Erin Tolley. Forthcoming. “Voting for One’s Own: Racial Group Identification and Candidate Preferences.” Politics, Groups, and Identities.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. Forthcoming. “Sex isn’t Gender: Reforming Concepts and Measurements in the Study of Public Opinion”. Political Behavior

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2017. “Digging Deeper into the Gender Gap: Gender Salience as a Moderating Factor in Political Attitudes.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 50(2): 559-578.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Janet Hiebert, and J. Scott Matthews. 2013. “The Courts/Parliament Trade-off: Canadian Attitudes on Judicial Influence in Public Policy.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics. 51(3): 377-397.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Julie Croskill. 2011. “Gender Affinity Effects in Vote Choice in Westminster Systems: Assessing 'Flexible' Voters in Canada.” Politics & Gender 7(2): 223-250.

Cameron Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2010. “Why are Highly Informed Citizens Sceptical of Referenda?” Electoral Studies. 29(2): 227-238.

Cameron D. Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2008. “Youth Turnout: Adolescents’ Attitudes in Ontario.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 41(3): 1-22.

Cameron D. Anderson and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2005. “Conceptions of Political Representation in Canada: An Explanation of Public Opinion.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 38(4): 1029-1058.

Peter Aucoin and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2002. “Designing a Merit-Based Process for Appointing Boards of ABCs: Lessons from the Nova Scotia Reform Experience.” Canadian Public Administration 45(3): 301-327.

Chapters (Peer-reviewed)

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. Forthcoming. “Voter Choice and Accountability: A Case for Caution about Electoral Reform.” In Should we Change how we Vote? Eds., Andrew Potter, Peter Loewen, and Daniel Weinstock. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. Forthcoming. “Parental Status and Political Attitudes: Mothers versus Others.” In Mothers and Others: The Impact of Parenthood on Politics. Eds., Amanda Bittner and Melanee Thomas. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant.  2013. “Women Voters, Candidates, and Legislators: A Gender Perspective on Recent Party and Electoral Politics.” In Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics. Eds., A. Bittner and R. Koop, 119-139. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Bittner, Amanda, and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. “A Laggard No More? Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics.” In Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Legislatures. Eds., L. Trimble, J. Arscott, and M. Tremblay, 115-134. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2010 “Who Votes for Women Candidates and Why? Evidence from the 2004 Canadian Election Study”. In Voting Behaviour in Canada. eds. C. Anderson and L. Stephenson, 43-64. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2009. “Crafting a Public Image: Women MPs and the Dynamics of Media Coverage”. In Are Doors Opening Wider? Studies of Women’s Political Engagement in Canada. ed. S. Bashevkin, 147-165. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, André Blais, and Neil Nevitte. 2005. “Gender, Knowledge and Social Capital.” In Gender and Social Capital. eds. B. O’Neill and E. Gidengil. New York: Routledge.