Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

Professor | Graduate Chair


PhD (McGill); MA (Dalhousie); BA (Guelph)

Political Studies

Canadian Politics, Gender and Politics

Professor | Graduate Chair




Mackintosh-Corry Hall, C331

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To contact Dr. Goodyear-Grant regarding graduate matters, please email gradchair.pols@queensu.ca.  

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

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

Supervisory Interests

Dr. Goodyear-Grant is interested in supervising students and postdoctoral scholars working on Canadian and comparative projects focused on gender and representation; gender and political communications; women candidates and legislators, particularly as it relates to their access to electoral office and/or substantive representation of women/gender; and various other related topics in Canadian and comparative politics. Please see Dr. Goodyear-Grant’s CV for a list of past students and their graduate projects for examples of past supervisions.

Brief Biography

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Ph.D. McGill) is a Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, and the Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA). Her research focuses on Canadian politics, with particular interests in electoral politics, voting behaviour, and public opinion; news media; the political representation of women; and the conceptualization and measurement of sex and gender. 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 measuring sex and gender in political research, 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 Behavior, Politics & Gender, Electoral Studies, Commonwealth & 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; and Canadian politics more generally.


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

Service (2023/2024)

  • Adjunct Appointments Committee
  • Cyclical Program Review (CPR) Committee
  • Departmental Committee
  • Field Convenors Committee (Chair)
  • Graduate Committee (Chair)

Selected Publications

Books and Edited Volumes

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

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Kyle Hanniman. 2019. Canada at 150: Federalism and Democratic Renewal. Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Richard Johnston, Will Kymlicka, and John Myles. Eds. 2018. Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World. Queen’s Policy Studies Series, McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Articles (Peer-reviewed)

Forthcoming. “Writing Gender Out or Working It Back In? Media Coverage of Child Benefits in Canada.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy (with Rebecca Wallace).

2019. “Voting for One’s Own: Racial Group Identification and Candidate Preferences.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. 7(1): 131-147 (with Erin Tolley).

2017. “Sex isn’t Gender: Reforming Concepts and Measurements in the Study of Public Opinion”. Political Behavior 39(4): 1019–1041. (with Amanda Bittner).

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. (with Amanda Bittner).

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

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

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

Chapters (Peer-reviewed)

2019. “In the Wake of Male Charisma: Kathy Dunderdale and the Status of Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics.” In Doing Politics Differently? Women Premiers in Canada's Provinces and Territories, ed. Sylvia Bashevkin, 132-152. Vancouver: UBC Press. (with Amanda Bittner and Drew Brown).

2019. “Candidates’ Self-Presentation Strategies: Filling in the Gaps.” In Gendered Mediation: Identity and Image Making in Canadian Politics, eds., Angelia Wagner and Joanna Everitt, 27-44, . Vancouver: UBC Press.

2017. “The Parent Gap in Political Attitudes: Mothers versus Others.” In Mothers and Others: The Impact of Parenthood on Politics. Eds., Amanda Bittner and Melanee Thomas, 201-225. Vancouver: UBC Press. (with Amanda Bittner).

2017. “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, 49-62. McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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, 119-39. Vancouver: UBC Press.

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. (with Amanda Bittner).

2010 “Who Votes for Women Candidates and Why? Evidence from Recent Canadian Elections”. In Voting Behaviour in Canada. eds. Cameron Anderson and Laura Stephenson, 43-64. Vancouver: UBC Press.

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. Sylvia Bashevkin, 147-165. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Research Highlight with Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant

Professor Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant discusses her current research.