Candidates’ Biographies

Isabelle Côté

Isabelle Côté is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2014. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow at KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) in Leiden, and held various guest researcher positions in China and Indonesia, where she conducted extensive fieldwork on internal migration to several minority regions. As a comparativist whose major conference and professional activities lie with other organizations (International Studies Association and Asian Studies/Canadian Council for Southeast Asian Studies), she wants to help build connections within the Canadian professional community, and she takes service activities to further the discipline very seriously. She also seeks to find ways to better integrate and mentor students –both undergraduate and graduate- into research projects. She is currently the President of the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association (APPSA), and has co-organized its annual conference in 2018. She has also published in numerous journals including Ethnic and Racial StudiesPS: Political Science and Politics; Democratization; Civil Wars; Ethnopolitics; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism; and Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, and has recently co-edited a volume on ‘Sons of the Soil’ conflict with Matthew I. Mitchell and Monica Duffy Toft (Routledge, 2019).

Shannon Dinan

Shannon Dinan is a doctoral candidate at the Université de Montréal. Her research interests include comparative public policy and the welfare state. More specifically, her doctoral dissertation analyzes how welfare states have modified their youth activation policies following the 2007-08 financial crisis. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles, including, most recently in the Journal of Social Policy & Administration. Shannon is also the recipient of multiple doctoral grants including the Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the CORIM Prize from the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations. Within the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA), Shannon has had the experience of participating in the annual conference and presenting in panels. She has accepted the nomination for the position of Student Representative because she hopes to expand her participation within the CPSA. She believes she can play a decisive role in communicating student’s needs. Shannon would also like to foster greater student participation in the annual conference to help young researchers gain critical experience that will help them throughout their careers. She wants to facilitate positive first experiences for students voicing their research as well as to create networking opportunities to integrate them within political science research communities and to develop stronger ties between Canadian universities.

Joanna Everitt

Joanna Everitt is a Professor of Political Science and former Dean of Arts at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. She specializes in Canadian politics, gender and public opinion, media coverage of male and female party leaders and its impact on leadership evaluations, identity politics and the representation of LGBTQ politicians, and voting behaviour in Canadian Elections. She is a long-time member of the Canadian Political Science Association and has regularly attended every Association’s Annual Meetings since 1993. She has served the organization in several different ways, including as: a member of the CPSA Smiley Book Prize Committee (2011-12, 2018-19), Returning Officer for the CPSA Board of Directors Election (2017), member of the CPSA nominating committee (2007, 2015), member of the CPSA Task Force on Diversity (2006-12), member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the CJPS (2007-10), and member of the CPSA Board (2002-05) and Executive Board (2003-05). She has also served as President of the Atlantic Provinces Political Studies Association (2001-02), part of the organizing committee for the CPSA Annual Meeting, (2003) and member of the Executive Board for the Gender and Politics (2004-06) and Canadian Politics (2018-20) sections of the American Political Science Association. She is interested in running once again for the CPSA Board of Directors with the intention of seeking the position of Vice-President of the Association.

Sam Grey

Sam Grey is a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria (UVic). She has developed and taught courses at UVic, Six Nations Polytechnic (SNP), and Trent University, where she recently won the CUPE Award for Excellence in Teaching. Sam has extensive consultancy experience, giving her an insider view of the non-academic job market; while she also works in curriculum development and strategic initiatives at SNP, giving her experience in the emerging Indigenous Institutes sector. Sam was a Fulbright Scholar and has held two SSHRCs, as well as the CFUW’s Margaret McWilliams scholarship. She’s published on reparations, truth-telling, and reconciliation; food systems; gender justice; and anticolonial solidarity politics. Sam’s academic advocacy has involved working directly with students and at the student-faculty nexus, rather than through elected positions. She’s been most active in curriculum and pedagogy, holding workshops, giving talks, and facilitating initiatives to decolonize syllabi and classrooms on multiple campuses – fundamentally collaborative, interdisciplinary efforts that operationalize the work of the CPSA’s Committee on Reconciliation. Sam has also provided practical support and mentorship, workshopping and developing tools on/for grantscrafting, publishing, student wellness, and teaching portfolios, among others. As Student Representative, Sam would focus on strengthening existing avenues for knowledge- and resource-sharing; forging new and better links with other associations and forums, across disciplines and borders; and finding collective, transparent ways to address key aspects of the CPSA’s relationship with its student members, including a perceived inattention to fundamental changes in the early-career landscape, graduate mental health, and dwindling material supports and practical concessions.

Royce Koop

Royce Koop is an Associate Professor in and Head of the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He completed his PhD at the University of British Columbia in 2009. Royce joined the University of Manitoba following time as an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University and post-doctoral positions at Carleton University, Queen’s University and Memorial University. His research focuses on representation, political parties (particularly their grassroots organizations), and local politics in both Canadian and comparative contexts. He is the co-author (with Heather Bastedo and Kelly Blidook) of Representation in Action: Canadian MPs in the Constituencies (UBC Press, 2018), co-editor (with Amanda Bittner) of Parties, Elections and the Future of Canadian Politics (UBC Press, 2013), and author of Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics (UBC Press, 2011). Grassroots Liberals received the 2014 Seymour Martin Best Book Award. His sole and co-authored work has also appeared in venues including American Journal of Political Science; Canadian Journal of Political Science; Canadian Journal of Urban Research; Canadian Public Policy; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties; and, Urban Affairs Review. Royce has served as panel chair and discussant at numerous annual meetings of the CPSA. He is standing for election to the CPSA board of directors to contribute to ongoing dialogues about the discipline of Political Science in Canada as well as to play a constructive role in the administration of the Association.

Miranda Leibel

Miranda Leibel is a bilingual PhD student in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies and the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University. She holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Her dissertation research examines the intersection of neoliberal policy governance and settler colonial interventions in the family, paying specific attention to child death inquiries from provincial welfare systems in Alberta, Manitoba, and Ontario. As a graduate student, Miranda has sought to revitalize the intellectual community of her home department, and has taken on the role of co-editor at the Southern Journal of Canadian Studies, housed in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University. Miranda was elected as the Vice-President Operations of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association for the 2018-19 academic year, and has extensive experience serving as a graduate student representative on multiple boards and committees.  If elected to the student representative position, Miranda hopes to bring valuable interdisciplinary knowledge and insight to the CPSA. Although an interdisciplinary PhD student, Miranda still considers the CPSA as an invaluable academic community to her own work, and to social science research in Canada more broadly.

Jessica Merolli

Jessica Merolli is a Professor in the School of Social and Life Sciences at Sheridan College. She previously held the Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University, and received her PhD from McMaster University. She serves on the Steering Committee of the CPSA Women’s Caucus. She enthusiastically accepts her nomination, as this role will complement her emerging research agenda, which focuses on how we develop and share our teaching practice through our academic associations. Our mandate at the CPSA is to provide opportunities to engage with the broader political science community, and as a professor in the Ontario college system, she offers a unique perspective on expanding our association’s scope beyond universities. The landscape of post-secondary education has changed, leading emerging scholars to take new and different paths as they build their careers. These changes require us to expand the reach of our annual conference by establishing it as a meaningful forum for peer mentorship. As a board member, she will build upon the success of the Women’s Caucus networking events she led at previous conferences. She has also organized and participated in panels on teaching praxis and critical pedagogy. Through her work at a teaching-focused institution, she is well-placed to offer guidance on how to effectively support the nascent communities of practice that have developed at these panels.

Andrea Olive

Andrea Olive is an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto. (As of July 1, 2019, she will be Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Toronto Mississauga). She is originally from Regina (Saskatchewan) and earned a BA from the University of Calgary (Alberta), a MA from Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), and a PhD from Purdue University (Indiana). Her areas of expertise are environmental policy and Canadian politics. She is the author of Land, Stewardship, and Legitimacy and The Canadian Environment in Political Contextas well as co-editor of Transboundary Environmental Governance Across the World’s Longest Border. She has also published numerous journal articles as well op-eds in Canadian newspapers. At CPSA 2019 she will be presenting research on climate change policy in Saskatchewan. As a member of CPSA since 2003, she is deeply vested in the association and hope to contribute to a growing, diverse, and vibrant CPSA. 

François Rocher

François Rocher (PhD Université de Montréal, 1987) is the current President of the Canadian Political Science Association (2018-2019) and is seeking reelection to run for the position of Past-President. He is full professor at the School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa since 2006, where he served as chair (2008-2013 and 2014 -2015). From 1990 to 2006, he was professor in the political science department at Carleton University, where he was also director of the School of Canadian Studies (2002-2005). He was a member of the CPSA Board of Directors(1990-1992), co-editor of the CJPS (1996-1999), President of the Société québécoise de science politique (2001-2002), and participated in juries for the Donald-Smiley and Vincent-Lemieux prizes. His research interests include issues related to multi-ethnic and multi-national diversity, citizenship, constitutional politics, Canadian federalism and Quebec nationalism.

He has published several books (including Guy Rocher. Entretiens, 2010) and co-directed thirteen edited books, including Trust, Distrust, and Mistrust in Multinational Democracies. Comparative Perspectives (2018), Essential Readings in Canadian Politics and Government (2010 and 2015), Le nouvel ordre constitutionnel canadien (2013). He is the author of more than 150 publications in edited books or academic journals. He is a founding member of the Research Group on Multinational Societies (GRSP) and a regular member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Diversity and Democracy (CRIDAQ) at the UQÀM.

Gina Starblanket

Gina Starblanket is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary. Gina is Cree/Saulteaux and a member of the Star Blanket Cree Nation, located in Treaty 4 territory. Her research interests include Indigenous politics and Canadian politics and and she has written on issues of Indigenous-state relations, decolonization, treaty implementation, Indigenous governance, gender, Indigenous feminism, and Indigenous research methods. Her work has appeared in the 2nd edition of Making Space for Indigenous Feminism (Fernwood Press, 2017) and in an edited collection entitled Resurgence and Reconciliation: Indigenous-Settler Relations and Earth Teachings (University of Toronto Press, 2018). She is co-editor of the 5th edition of Visions of the Heart: Issues Involving Indigenous Peoples in Canada (forthcoming Oct 2019) and also has forthcoming work in Constitutional Forum, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. Gina has been an active member of the CPSA since 2016, having organized, chaired, and presented on panels at the annual conference for the past three years. As an emergent Indigenous scholar in the field, she promises to offer crucial insights to advance the ongoing work of the organization. Gina is particularly interested in cultivating space for engagements with Indigenous peoples and politics relative to the study of Canadian politics, building on the CPSA’s commitment to work towards decolonization and reconciliation.