Amanda Bittner

Professor & Head


SN 2038
Department of Political Science, Science Building
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 Canada

Telephone: (709) 864-8186
Email: abittner[at]mun[dot]ca


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
6000 Political Science Concepts
6500 Political Behaviour


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.

Selected Publications


Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner, eds. 2017. 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

Amanda Bittner. 2018. “Leaders Always Mattered: The Persistence of Personality in Canadian Elections” Electoral Studies.

Amanda Bittner and David A.M. Peterson. 2018. “Introduction: Personality, party leaders, and election campaigns” Electoral Studies.

Amanda Bittner and Melanee Thomas. 2017. “Moms in Politics: Work is Work” Canadian Parliamentary Review. 40(3): 16-22.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2017. “Digging Deeper into the Gender Gap: Gender Salience as a Moderating Factor in Political Attitudes” Canadian Journal of Political Science.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2018. “Sex Isn’t Gender: Reforming Concepts and Measurements in the Study of Public Opinion” Political Behavior. (Replication data available on Dataverse here:

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.

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