Danielle McNabb

Danielle McNabb

Doctoral Candidate


MA Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (Guelph); BAH Political Science, with Distinction (Guelph)

Political Studies

Arts and Science



Mackintosh-Corry Hall, Room B301

Supervisors: Stéphanie Chouinard, Rachel Laforest

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Research Interests

Canadian politics, law, and politics, constitutional law, criminal justice policy

Brief Biography

Danielle McNabb is a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. She received both her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and master’s degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph.

Danielle’s research focuses broadly on the intersection of law and politics in Canada, as well as criminal justice policy and governance. Her dissertation explores the democratic implications of interest group interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada. Danielle is a recipient of the 2021 Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D) to honour Nelson Mandela.

Selected Awards and Scholarships

2021-24            SSHRC-CRSH Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship to Honour Nelson Mandela

                         -   Awarded to the 10 highest-ranked SSHRC CGS D applications that align with one or more of the five research areas that Nelson Mandela championed.

2021                 Graduate Research Fellowship (Queen’s University)

2021                 Stanley Drabek Graduate Award for Academic Excellence in Political Studies

                          -    Awarded on the basis of academic excellence to funding-eligible graduate-level students enrolled in Political Studies.

2020                 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (Queen’s University)

2020                 Queen’s University Dean’s Award for Social Justice

2019                 Ontario Graduate Scholarship (University of Guelph)                                    


Queen’s University Teaching Assistantships:

2022                 POLS*385: Introduction to Statistics (Winter 2022)

2021                 POLS*212: Canadian Politics

2021                 POLS*211: Canadian Government (spring 2021)

2021                 POLS*230: American Politics (Fall 2021)

2020                 POLS*384: Strategies for Political Research

University of Guelph Teaching Assistantships:

2020                 POLS*4900: Advanced Seminar in Political Science: Digital Democracy

2020                 POLS*4060: Advanced Lecture in Law and Politics: Sentencing and Penal Policy

2019                 WMST*1000: Introduction to Women’s Studies

2019                 POLS*3130: Law, Politics, and Judicial Processes

2019                 POLS*3300: Governing Criminal Justice

2019                 POLS*2250: Public Administration and Governance

2018                 POLS*3180: Research Methods 1

Selected Publications


Dauda, Carol L. and Danielle McNabb (2022). Getting to Proportionality: the trouble with sentencing for possession of child pornography in Ontario. Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice, Vol. 37, pp. 278-311

Hausegger, Lori., McNabb, Danielle, and Troy Riddell (Forthcoming). “The Provincial Courts of Appeal: Decision Making and Hierarchical Relations in the Charter Era.” In Constitutional Crossroads:    Reflections on Charter Rights, Reconciliation, and Change. Edited by Emmett Macfarlane and Kate Puddister. UBC Press.

McNabb, D., & Baker, D. (2021). Ignoring Implementation: Defects in Canada’s “Rape Shield” Policy Cycle. Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit Et Société, 36(1), 23-46. doi:10.1017/cls.2020.35

Puddister, K., & McNabb, D. (2021). When the Police Break the Law: The Investigation, Prosecution and Sentencing of Ontario Police Officers. Canadian Journal of Law and Society / Revue Canadienne Droit Et Société, 1-24. doi:10.1017/cls.2021.3

Conference Presentations:

“The Friendly Court: Interveners and Judicial Decision Making.” American Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. 18 September 2022.

“Who Intervenes?” Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. 30 May 2022. 

“To Serve and Protect? An Empirical Study of Police-Involved Sexual Assault” (with Kate Puddister). Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. 31 May 2022. 

“Can equity-seeking groups become “haves” in Canada’s judicial system? A study of Francophone minority communities’ strategic intervention in the domain of language rights” (with Stéphanie Chouinard). Legacies of Patriation Conference hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Studies. 22 April 2022. 

“Friends of the Court?: Re-Opening and Re-Framing the Debate on Intervention and Democracy.” Canadian Political Science Association’s Annual Conference. 7 June 2021. 

“The Exclusion of Evidence in Canadian Courts: Explaining Rates of Exclusion Under the Charter of Rights” (with Troy Riddell and Dennis Baker). Law and Society Association’s Annual Conference, 29 May 2020. 

“The Rape Shield’s Defective Policy Cycle,” paper presented at the Courts and Politics Research Group’s 4th Annual Spring Workshop in Guelph, ON 2 May 2019.


McNabb, Danielle. (2021). #MeToo in 2021: Global Activists continue to build on the movement against sexual violence. The Conversation (reproduced in the National Post and Yahoo News). https://theconversation.com/metoo-in-2021-global-activists-continue-to-build-on-the-movement-against-sexual-violence-152205

McNabb, Danielle, and Kate Puddister. (2019) #MeToo: In Canada, rape myths continue to prevent justice for sexual assault survivors. The Conversation (reproduced in the National Post). https://theconversation.com/metoo-in-canada-rape-myths-continue-to-prevent-justice-for-sexual-assault-survivors-110568

McNabb, Danielle, Baker, Dennis, and Troy Riddell. (2019). Mandatory police carding data severely  lacking across Ontario. The Toronto Star. https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2019/08/14/mandatory-police-carding-data-severely-lacking-across-ontario.html