Dr. Amanda Bittner

Lab Director

Amanda Bittner is Associate Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University 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.


Holly Fox

Graduate Student, Lab Member

Holly is a graduate student and senior member of the Gender and Politics Lab. She is interested in gender and politics, political behaviour, gender and sexuality, and feminist theory.  Their MA thesis is related to the racial origins of fatphobia and candidate electability. 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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Christabel N. Baah

Graduate Student, Lab Member

Christabel is a master’s student majoring in political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She graduated from the University of Ghana with a BA honours degree in political science with philosophy. She worked as a Gender officer at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MOGSCP), Accra, Ghana. Christabel ‘s research interest includes public opinion and elections, women and politics; women participation in local government systems; and increasing women’s political participation and representation. She is also interested in assessing the role of masculine mindsets, how public opinion retards the political growth of women, and hinders women’s participation in politics and how these can reversibly serve as instruments of change in uplifting the status of women in our current dispensation. Overall, her focus is to bridge the Gender disparity gap within the political sphere. Christabel enjoys watching movies at her leisure time.

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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.


Terri Coles

Graduate Student, Lab Member

Terri Coles (she/her) is a Political Science graduate student and a member of the Gender and Politics Lab. She previously completed a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture and MA in Journalism from Western University. Her background in reporting and online journalism informs her academic interests, which include social media, elections, feminism, popular culture, and young voters. She feels strongly about the Oxford comma.


Leisha Toory

Undergraduate Student, Lab Member

Leisha is a Political Science major and French for Francophones minor undergraduate at Memorial. She is passionate about intersectional feminism: turning the tables on gender injustices and rooting out all forms of oppression to catalyse the rebuilding of societies that offer justice and safety to everyone. She is a proud member of the MUN Student Union Womens' Committee. She was born in Mauritius, grew up in Dublin, Ireland and now lives in St. John's!


Jessica Jalbert

Undergraduate Student, Lab Member

Jessica Jalbert is an undergraduate student studying Political Science (Honours) and History at Memorial University. They are interested in researching Indigenous self-determination, political theory, and public policy. They are also interested in researching the causes of exclusion within feminist spaces based on the identities of gender, sexuality, and race. During her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time outside.