Michelle Irving

MA Candidate, Thesis Stream

Thesis title: How Female Politicians Self-Present at the Provincial Level of Government

Supervisor:Dr. Amanda Bittner

There continues to be an underrepresentation of women, specifically women of visible minorities, who run for elected office. There is already an understanding that news media plays an essential role in shaping public opinion. While research has been done in areas of how the media presents female candidates, and LGBTQ identifying candidates, there is a gap in research comparing how females self-present with respect to gender in the news and how that can shape public opinion of their candidacy. I am interested in exploring how self-presentation of a female candidate in an election impacts public opinion and voter preference. News media plays an essential role in shaping public opinion so it is hypothesized that it will be necessary to understand how the media depicts self-presentation of a female candidate.


BA (Simon Fraser University)

Research Interests

  • Gender
  • Women in politics
  • Elections
  • Public opinion


Gender and Politics Lab (MUN)


Department of Political Science

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