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Amanda Bittner

Associate Professor & Graduate Coordinator
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada
Phone: (709) 864-8186
Email: abittner[at]mun[dot]ca (or search here)

BA. Hons (University of Toronto) MA, PhD (University of British Columbia)

Areas for Student Research Supervision
• Parties and elections
• Political psychology
• Public opinion and voting
• Women and politics

Examples of Recent Courses Taught
1000 Intro to Politics and Government; 3350 Public Opinion and Voting; 4340 Women and Mass Politics; 6500 Political Behaviour; 6000 Political Science Concepts

Dr. Bittner studies elections and voting in both Canadian and comparative contexts. In addition to her ongoing work on party leaders, she has published research on voter turnout, immigration, as well as the impact of social cleavages and political sophistication on political attitudes. She is currently working on projects in a number of areas, including voters' attitudes about immigration; the influence of gender on public opinion and voting; and Canadian parties and elections.

Select Publications
Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner, eds. (forthcoming) Mothers and Others: The Impact of Family Life on Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Peter Russell, Francois Rocher, Debra Thompson, and Amanda Bittner, eds. 2015. Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics. Toronto: Emond Publishing.

Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop, eds. 2013. Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press

Bittner, Amanda. 2011. Platform or Personality? The Role of Party Leaders in Elections. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Articles & Chapters
Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Amanda Bittner. 2017. Parental Status and Political Attitudes: Mothers as Opinionated Citizens. In Melanee Thomas & Amanda Bittner, eds. Mothers and Others: The Impact of Family Life on Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. Forthcoming.

Amanda Bittner. 2016. Democracy in Action: Elections, Participation, and Voting. In Christopher Anderson, ed. Studying Politics: An Introduction to Political Science. Nelson Education Limited.

Amanda Bittner and Scott Matthews. 2015. Newfoundland and Labrador Votes: An account of the determinants of vote choice in the 2011 election. Canadian Political Science Review 9(2): 21-41. Paper.

Amanda Bittner. 2015. Party Leaders in the New Democratic Party. In David Laycock and Lynda Erickson, eds. Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP. Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2014. Leader Evaluations and Partisan Stereotypes, a Comparative Analysis. In Marina Costa Lobo and John Curtice, eds. Personality Politics? The Role of Leader Evaluations in Democratic Elections. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. Laggard No More: The Representation of Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics. In Linda Trimble, Jane Arscott, and Manon Tremblay, eds. Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Royce Koop and Amanda Bittner. 2011. Parachuted into parliament: candidate nomination, appointed candidates, and legislative roles in Canada. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 21(4): 431-452. Abstract.

Reeta C. Tremblay and Amanda Bittner. 2011. Newfoundland and Labrador: creating change in the 21st century. In John Biles, Meyer Burstein, Jim Frideres, Erin Tolley, and Rob Vineberg, eds. Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2010. Personality matters: the evaluation of party leaders in Canadian elections. In Cameron D. Anderson and Laura B. Stephenson, eds. Voting Behaviour in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2007. The effects of information and social cleavages: explaining issue attitudes and vote choice in Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science 40(4): 935-968. Abstract. CJPS Post-Print.pdf.

Richard Johnston, J. Scott Matthews, and Amanda Bittner 2007. Alienation, indifference, competitiveness, and turnout: evidence from Canada, 1988-2004. Electoral Studies 26(4): 735-745. Abstract. ES Post-Print.pdf