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Elisabeth Gidengil

Hiram Mills Professor
Director, Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

PhD, McGill

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

Research interests

  • Voting Behaviour and Public Opinion (co-investigator for the 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004 and principal investigator for the 2008 Canadian Election Study)
  • Media and Politics (click here to visit Gender, Media and Politics website)
  • Political engagement
  • 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, André Blais, Joanna Everitt, Patrick Fournier and Neil Nevitte (under contract) 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. (forthcoming.)“Voter Characteristics and Leader Effects.” In Political Leaders and Democratic Elections, ed. Kees Aarts, André Blais and Hermann Schmitt. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Richard Nadeau, Neil Nevitte, and André Blais (in press) “Citizens.” In William Cross (ed.), Auditing Canadian Democracy, 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.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Joanna Everitt and Susan Banducci (2009) “Do Voters Stereotype Female Party Leaders? Evidence from Canada and New Zealand.” In Sylvia Bashesvkin, ed., Are Doors Opening Wider? Studies of Women’s Political Engagement in Canada,Vancouver: UBC Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2008) “Media Matters: Election Coverage in Canada,” in Jesper Strömbäck and Lynda Lee Kaid , eds ., Handbook of Election Coverage Around the World New York: Routledge, pp.58-72.

Elisabeth Gidengil and André Blais (2007) “Are Leaders Becoming More Important to Vote Choice?” in Hans Michelmann, Donald Story, and Jeffrey Steeves, eds., Political Leadership and Representation in Canada: Essays in Honour of John Courtney Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Elisabeth Gidengil and Joanna Everitt (2006) “Gender, Media Coverage and the Dynamics of Leader Evaluations: The Case of the 1993 Canadian Election,” in Henry E. Brady and Richard Johnston, eds., Capturing Campaign Effects Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, pp. 336-55.

Articles in Scholarly Refereed Journals (selected):

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

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.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Janine Giles, and Melanee Thomas (2008) “The Gender Gap in Self-perceived Understanding of Politics in Canada and the United States.” Politics & Gender 4: 535-61.

Elisabeth Gidengil (2007) “Beyond the Gender Gap.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 40(4): 1-17.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Allison Harell and Bonnie Erickson (2007) “Network Diversity and Vote Choice: Women's Social Ties and Left Voting in Canada,” Politics & Gender 3: 151-77.

Elisabeth Gidengil, André Blais, Joanna Everitt, Patrick Fournier, and Neil Nevitte (2006) “Back to the Future? Making Sense of the 2004 Canadian Election Outside Quebec,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 39: 1-25.

Elisabeth Gidengil, Matthew Hennigar, André Blais, and Neil Nevitte (2005) “Explaining the Gender Gap in Support for the New Right: The Case of Canada,” Comparative Political Studies 38: 1-25.

Current research projects

  • Understanding electoral change in Canada
  • The brain physiology of political decision-making
  • Physiological responses to political communication
  • Women’s political engagement