Dr. Amanda Bittner

Lab Director

Amanda Bittner is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada. 

Bittner studies public opinion and voting behavior, and her main research interests include the role of party leaders and candidates in the minds of voters; the role of gender in public opinion and voting; and issues of measurement in survey research, in both Canadian and Comparative contexts.

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Holly Fox

Graduate Student, Lab Manager

Holly Fox (they/she) is a graduate student and the Lab's manager. They are interested in gender and politics, political behaviour, gender and sexuality, and feminist theory. Their MA thesis is related to the gendered/racial origins of fatphobia and its relationship to candidate evaluation. They are originally from Halifax, but currently reside in St. John's with their partner and orange cat, Seth!


Kat McLaughlin

Lab Member

Kat is a senior member of the Gender and Politics lab and recently finished their undergrad (hons) at Memorial University. She is interested in exploring the intersections between human behaviour and the political sphere. In particular, her focus is on the political experience of women and marginalized subgroups examining the intersections of women’s lives and how that impacts participation and political experience. Her research has focused on the systematic patriarchal effects that are permeating the political experience of women, racial minorities and LGBTQ+ individuals. She is passionate about advocating for an equitable and accessible society, and served as the Executive Director of Advocacy with the MUN Students’ Union, and was co-chair of the MUN Women’s Committee.

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Gillian Slade

Graduate Student, Lab Member

Graduate Student, Lab Member Gillian is a Master's Student in Political Science at Memorial University. She has a Bachelor's degree from Memorial in Political Science and English and her research interests include public policy, political communication, electoral politics, public perception, politics and popular culture and how all of these things intersect with gender.


Ciara Ivany

Undergraduate Student, Lab Member

Ciara (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student at Memorial University, who has recently changed her major to Political Science. Her research interests include the role of gender in politics, public policy, public opinion, and youth engagement in politics. She is looking forward to continuing her studies and research in Political Science.


Emil Francis

Undergraduate Student, Lab Member

Emil is a second-year undergraduate studying political science and gender studies. He is joining the lab as a research assistant and is interested in political behaviour and public policy, specifically political participation in queer and trans communities. In his spare time, Emil enjoys coaching figure skating and volunteering at various queer-led organizations including MUN SAGA and Camp Ohana.


Sunzida Ali

Graduate  Student, Lab Member

Sunzida Ali is a Political Science graduate student at Memorial University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University Chittagong, Bangladesh, and a Masters’ degree in International Security and Law from the University of Southern Denmark. She is interested in public policy, policy analysis, political participation of women, and transgender rights. She joined the Gender and Politics Lab as a research assistant.

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Sarah Worthman

Graduate  Student, Lab Member

Sarah is a new member of the gender and politics lab who recently finished her undergraduate degree in political science at Memorial University. She is interested in exploring how policy decisions impact marginalized communities. In particular, her focus pertains to the political experience of LGBTQ+ individuals and how homophobia is institutionalized within structures of government. She is passionate about community outreach, non traditional approaches to research, and the implications historical marginalization has on contemporary policy decisions. Sarah will pursue a Masters degree in Political Science starting in fall 2022 and currently leads the NL Queer Research Initiative branch of the lab.