Department of Political Studies

Department of Political Studies
Department of Political Studies

PhD Candidate Elisha Corbett Awarded Jean Royce Fellowship

Jean Royce Fellowship Recipient Elisha Corbett

The department offers congratulations to second year PhD candidate Elisha Corbett on being the recipient of the prestigious Jean Royce Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. This fellowship, established in memory of Jean I. Royce (BA’30, LLD’68, Queen's University Registrar), is awarded annually by the Queen's University Alumnae Association to a woman graduate of Queen's University for a year of study and research that contributes to the advancement of knowledge, contributes to society, or allows creative expression. Elisha, who completed her BA(Hons) at Queen’s in 2016, is currently a PhD candidate in the department.

“I am beyond excited to receive the Jean Royce Fellowship. I'm proud to be among the many great women who have won this award before me and I hope to continue to honour my Indigenous sisters in my research with this fellowship. This award will greatly enhance my ability to carry out my research plan to its fullest and it is a significant vote of confidence from the university about the importance of my research program. I would like to thank the Queen's University Alumnae Association for this honour,” says Elisha. 

Elisha studies Canadian Politics and Gender and Politics with a focus on the (mis)representation of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) in the media. Her doctoral research focuses on how the priming of different media frames of MMIWG affects non-Indigenous Canadians’ perceptions of and support for MMIWG. 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 of one of Canada’s oldest institutions: the media.

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