Elisabeth Gidengil

Hiram Mills Professor

PhD, McGill

Elisabeth [dot] Gidengil [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Research interests

  • Political engagement and democratic citizenship

  • Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion (co-investigator for the 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006 Canadian Election Studies and principal investigator for the 2008 Canadian Election Study)

  • Media and Politics (click here to visit Gender, Media and Politics website)

  • Biopolitics


Selected publications


Brenda O’Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil and Lisa Young (under contract) Women’s Political Behaviour: Opinions, Participation and Protest in English-Speaking Canada, University of Toronto Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil and Heather Bastedo, eds. (2014) Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up, University of British Columbia Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil, André Blais, Joanna Everitt, Patrick Fournier and Neil Nevitte (2012) Dominance and Decline: Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections, University of Toronto Press.

Brenda O’Neill and Elisabeth Gidengil, eds. (2006) Gender and Social Capital, New York: Routledge,

Elisabeth Gidengil, André Blais, Neil Nevitte, and Richard Nadeau (2004) Citizens, UBC Press

André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, Richard Nadeau and Neil Nevitte, Anatomy of A Liberal Victory: Making Sense of the 2000 Canadian Election (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2002).

Neil Nevitte, André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Richard Nadeau (2000) Unsteady State: The 1997 Canadian Federal Election, Oxford University Press

Richard Johnston, André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte (1996) The Challenge of Direct Democracy: The 1992 Canadian Referendum, McGill-Queen's University Press.

André Blais and Elisabeth Gidengil (1991) Making Representative Democracy Work: The Views of Canadians, Ottawa: Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing and Dundurn Press

Recent Book Chapters (selected):

Elisabeth Gidengil and Allison Harell (2013) “L’appui des Québécoises aux partis politiques provinciaux.” In Frédérick Bastien, Éric Bélanger et François Gélineau, eds., Les Québécois aux urnes: les partis, les médias et les citoyens en champagne. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal  

Elisabeth Gidengil (2013). “Gender, Behavior, and Representation.” In Rick Valelly, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. New York: Oxford University Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Joanna Everitt, André Blais, Patrick Fournier and Neil Nevitte (2013) “Explaining the modern gender gap.” In Roberta Lexier and Tamara Small, eds., Mind the Gap: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics. Fernwood Press.

Joanna Everitt and Elisabeth Gidengil (2013) “Public Attitudes Towards Increasing Women’s Political Representation in Canada.” In Roberta Lexier and Tamara Small, eds., Mind the Gap: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics. Fernwood Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2013) “Immigrants, Voting and Electoral Participation.” In Immanuel Ness, ed., Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. Wiley Blackwell

Elisabeth Gidengil (2012) “An Overview of the Social Dimension of Vote Choice.” In Antoine Bilodeau, Mebs Kanji and Tom Scotto, eds., The Canadian Election Studies, 1965 to 2008. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 101-120.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2012) “The Diversity of the Canadian Political Marketplace.” In Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Jennifer Lees-Marshment (eds.), Political Marketing in Canada Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 39-56.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2011) “Voter Characteristics and Leader Effects.” In Political Leaders and Democratic Elections, ed. Kees Aarts, André Blais and Hermann Schmitt. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 147-64.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Richard Nadeau, Neil Nevitte, and André Blais (2010) “Citizens.” In William Cross (ed.), Auditing Canadian Democracy, Vancouver: UBC Press, 107-34.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2010) “Challenge and Change: Voting and Elections in Canada.” In John Courtney and David E. Smith (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics New York: Oxford University Press, 226-43.


Articles in Scholarly Refereed Journals (selected):

Brenda O’Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil, Lisa Young and Catherine Côté (forthcoming) “Freedom of Religion, Women’s Agency and Banning the Face Veil: The Role of Feminist Beliefs in Shaping Women’s Opinion.” Ethnic & Racial Studies.

Eugénie Dostie-Goulet, André Blais, Patrick Fournier and Elisabeth Gidengil (2012) “L’abstention_sélective, ou pourquoi les jeunes qui votent au federal boudent les  elections municipales.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 45(4):  909-27

Brenda O’Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil and Lisa Young (2012) “The Political Integration of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women.” Canadian Political Science Review 6(2-3): 185-96

Elisabeth Gidengil and Dietlind Stolle (2012) “What do Women Know about Government Services and Benefits?” Canadian Public Policy 38(1): 31-54.

André Blais, Maxime Héroux-Legault, Laura Stephenson, William Cross and Elisabeth Gidengil (2012) “Assessing the Psychological and Mechanical Impact of Electoral Rules: A Quasi-Experiment.” Electoral Studies 31(4): 829-37.

Patrick Fournier, Mathieu Turgeon, André Blais, Joanna Everitt, Elisabeth Gidengil and Neil Nevitte (2011) “Deliberation from Within: Changing One’s Mind During an Interview”, Political Psychology 32: 885-919.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Brenda O’Neill and Lisa Young (2010) “Her Mother’s Daughter? The Influence of Childhood Socialization on Women’s Political Engagement.” Journal of Women, Politics & Policy 31(4): 334-55.

André Blais, Jiyoon Kim, Elisabeth Gidengil, Joanna Everitt, Patrick Fournier and Neil Nevitte (2010) “Political Judgments, Perceptions of Facts, and Partisan Effects.” Electoral Studies 29(1): 1-12.

Dietlind Stolle and Elisabeth Gidengil (2010) “What do Women Really Know? A Gendered Analysis of Varieties of Political Knowledge.” Perspectives on Politics 8(1): 93-109.

Elisabeth Gidengil and Dietlind Stolle (2009) “The Role of Social Networks in Immigrant Women’s Political Incorporation.” International Migration Review 43(4): 727-63.


Current research projects

Women’s political engagement

Political socialization and political participation

The brain physiology of political decision-making

Physiological responses to political communication