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The Gender & Politics Laboratory in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University brings together students and faculty working on research related to gender and politics. Directed by Dr Amanda Bittner, the lab is involved in research, teaching, and mentorship activities at Memorial and in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The lab’s research activity to date incorporates comparative research on women’s participation in formal politics, the role of gender in political attitudes and the measurement of gender in survey research, and the role of motherhood (and parenthood) in politics.

The gender and politics lab is happy to participate in community projects related to issues of gender and politics. Please contact Dr. Bittner to discuss opportunities for research and collaboration. 


Are you/will you be a Memorial student? Are you interested in joining the lab? Do you want to conduct research related to gender and politics with other lab members? Do you want to help coordinate & participate in activities at Memorial University in relation to gender and politics?

Application to the lab is highly competitive: we are a small group, and we receive a high volume of applications for membership. Interested applicants should get in touch with the lab director, Dr. Amanda Bittner, at The application should include:

  • a cover letter outlining why you would like to join the lab and the contribution you think you would make to lab activities;

  • a resume, including the names and contact information for two references;

  • an unofficial transcript;

  • a one page research proposal related to gender and politics (what would you like to do as part of the lab? we conduct a number of research projects, and this is an opportunity for you to outline a potential research interest)

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch with Dr. Bittner.

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