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Students with interests in gender and politics will find expertise in our Political Science department.

Our faculties address the key questions and debates on the political leadership and representation of women in parties and electoral politics; the role of gender in shaping social, pension, health policies; issues of identity and community; understanding of globalization, transnational social movement and knowledge production in political science.

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Karen Bird

Ph.D. Political Science, University of Minnesota1997


Karen Bird

Karen Bird’s work focuses on intersectionality in electoral politics and political representation. This involves in looking at the coordination between feminist and minority advocates of electoral reform, gender and ethnic quotas in elections around the world. She is also interested in gender, ethnic and Aboriginal diversity in elected office; diversity in leadership and strategies for overcoming barriers for marginalized groups.


Michelle Dion

Michelle Dion is interested in how social policies, including health, pensions, and social assistance, are both shaped by and shape social constructions of gender and gendered roles in work and family. She has work on effects of gender roles on women’s academic careers and experiences, teaching evaluations by students. Her work also includes looking at how gender shapes the way we study politics, methods use and political questions ask and answer.


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Michelle L. Dion

Ph.D. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel HIll2002

Professor | Senator Wm. McMaster Chair in Gender & Methodology

Catherine Frost

Catherine Frost examines issues of identity, belonging, community, knowledge and the use of language and communications in politics, from a normative and theoretical perspective.


Alina Sajed

Alina Sajed’s work focuses on the politics of the Global South from an International Relations perspective, and on transnationalism and globalization. She is interested in how gender lenses shape our understanding of globalization and the gaps in research without gendered perspective. Specifically, she looks at women’s movements in the Global South intersect with other types of social movements (along religious, ethnic or class-based agendas), as they contest or make claims to modernity.


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Netina Tan

Ph.D. Political Science, University of British Columbia2011

Associate Professor | University Scholar, 2021-2025

Netina Tan

Netina Tan specializes in the political leadership and representation of women in political parties and electoral politics, especially in East and Southeast Asia. Her work investigates the effects of electoral institutions and party rules on women's qualitative and substantive representation. She is currently the guest editor of two special journal issues on “Electoral Rules, Quotas and Women’s Political Representation in Asia” and “Quotas and Non-Quota Strategies in East Asia”.


Lana Wylie

Dr. Wylie’s research focuses on Canadian and American foreign policy, Latin American and Caribbean politics with an emphasis on Cuba, international relations theory, and diplomacy and tourism.