Elisabeth Gidengil

Academic title(s): 


Elisabeth Gidengil
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
elisabeth.gidengil [at] mcgill.ca
3610 McTavish, Rm 33-3
Awards, honours, and fellowships: 

Hiram Mills Professor


PhD, McGill; D.P.Sc. (Hon.), Université Laval

Research areas: 
Canadian Politics
Areas of interest: 
  • Political engagement and democratic citizenship
  • Women and politics
  • Neuropolitics
  • Media and Politics 
Current research: 
  • Policy feedback and political engagement
  • Political socialization and political participation
  • The brain physiology of political decision-making
  • Health and political behaviour
Selected publications: 


  • Sona Golder, Ignacio Lago, André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil and Thomas Gschwend (forthcoming) Multi-Level Electoral Politics Oxford University Press.
  • Sona Golder, Ignacio Lago, André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil and Thomas Gschwend (forthcoming) Multi-Level Electoral Politics Oxford University 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)

  • Brenda O’Neill and Elisabeth Gidengil (2018) “Motherhood’s Role in Shaping Political and Civic Participation.” In Amanda Bittner and Melanee Thomas, eds., Mothers and Others. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.
  • Angelia Wagner and Elisabeth Gidengil (2017) “Addressing Representational Deficits in Canadian Legislatures.” In Andrew Potter, Daniel Weinstock and Peter Loewen, eds., Should We Change How We Vote? Evaluating Canada’s Electoral System. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, pp. 139-53 (not refereed).
  • Elisabeth Gidengil (2016) “The Decision to Vote or to Abstain.” In Russell Dalton, ed., Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.69 http://politics.oxfordre.com/view/10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.001.0001/acrefore-9780190228637-e-69.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil and Jason Roy (2016) “ Is There a Racial Divide? Immigrants of Visible Minority Background in Canada.” In Antoine Bilodeau, ed., Just Ordinary Citizens? Toward a Comparative Portrait of the Political Immigrant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 149-65.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil (2014) “Setting the Agenda? A Case Study of Newspaper Coverage of the 2006 Canadian Election Campaign.” In Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Tamara Small, eds., Political Communication in Canada. University of British Columbia Press, pp. 127-43.

Articles in Scholarly Refereed Journals (selected)

  • Filip Kostelka, André Blais, and Elisabeth Gidengil (forthcoming) “Has the Gender Gap in Voter Turnout Really Disappeared? Evidence from Subnational, National and Supranational Elections.” West European Politics DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2018.1504486.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil, Hanna Wass, Lasse Tarkiainen, Pekka T. Martikainen (forthcoming) "Turnout and Education: Is Education Proxying for Pre-Adult Experiences within the Family?" Political Science Research and Methods doi:10.1017/psrm.2017.32.
  • André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil and Anja Kilibarda (2017) "Partisanship, Information and Perceptions of Government Corruption." International Journal of Public Opinion Research 29(1): 95-110.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil, Hanna Wass and Maria Valaste (2016) "Political Socialization and Voting: The Parent-Child Link in Turnout." Political Research Quarterly 69: 373-83.
  • Soroka, Stuart, Elisabeth Gidengil, Patrick Fournier and Lilach Nir (2016) “Do Women and Men Respond Differently to Negative News?” Politics & Gender 12(2): 344-68.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil and Ekrem Karakoç (2016) “Which Matters More in the Electoral Success of Islamist (Successor) Parties: Religion or Performance?” Party Politics 22(3): 325-38.
  • Sekoul Krastev, Joseph T. McGuire, Denver McNeney, Joseph W Kable, Dietlind Stolle, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Lesley K Fellows (2016) “Do Political and Economic Choices Rely on Common Neural Substrates? A Systematic Review of the Emerging Neuropolitics Literature.” Frontiers in Psychology (Decision Neuroscience) doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00264.
  • Brenda O’Neill, Elisabeth Gidengil, Lisa Young and Catherine Côté (2015) “Freedom of Religion, Women’s Agency and Banning the Face Veil: The Role of Feminist Beliefs in Shaping Women’s Opinion.” Ethnic & Racial Studies38(11): 1886-1901.
  • Chenjie Xia, Dietlind Stolle, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Lesley Fellows (2015) “Lateral Orbitofrontal Cortex Links Social Impressions to Political Choices.” Journal of Neuroscience 35(22): 8507-30.
  • Delia Dumitrescu, Elisabeth Gidengil and Dietlind Stolle (2015) “Candidate Confidence and Electoral Appeal: An Experimental Study of the Effect of Nonverbal Confidence on Voter Evaluations.” Political Science Research and Methods 3(1):  43-52.
  • Elisabeth Gidengil and Heather Bastedo (2014) “Perceptions and Performance: How Do MPs Shape Up?” Canadian Parliamentary Review 37(2): 25-30.
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