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Amanda Bittner

Associate Professor
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
Bittner, Amanda, and Royce Koop, eds. 2013. Canadian Parties, Voters, and Elections: A New Era. Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press.

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

Refereed Articles
Koop, Royce, 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.

Bittner, Amanda. 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.

Johnston, Richard, J. Scott Matthews, and Amanda Bittner. 2007. "Alienation, Indifference, Competitiveness, and Turnout: Evidence from Canada, 1988-2004." Electoral Studies 26(4): 735-745.

Book Chapters (Peer-Reviewed)
Bittner, Amanda, 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.

Bittner, Amanda. 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. Manuscript accepted.

Tremblay, Reeta and Amanda Bittner. 2010. 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.

Bittner, Amanda. 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, University of British Columbia Press.