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Finding Feminism(s) in Canadian Political Science Scholarship: Diversity and Resistance in an Era of Global Uncertainty

  • Alexandra Dobrowolsky (a1), Fiona MacDonald (a2), Tracey Raney (a3), Cheryl N. Collier (a4) and Pascale Dufour (a5)...


It is with great pleasure that we present this special issue showcasing contemporary feminist political research, theories and practices in Canada. In an era characterized by global movements and numerous transformations that range from the economic to the environmental, the political to the cultural, from macro- through to micro-scales, including complex debates about the fluidity of gender, and where “backlash” against the symbols and agents of past feminist activism is rife, this special issue queries where do we find feminism(s) today? The responses to this question, as well as to the interrogation of the place of gender in the discipline of political science more generally, are undoubtedly diverse and contested. The collective efforts contained in this special issue feature a mere taste of the rich range of thought-provoking recent scholarship on feminisms. And even with this necessarily condensed portrayal (the articles in this issue are shorter than is normally the case to allow for more work to be featured), the special issue is ground-breaking in that it marks the first time the Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique has dedicated an entire issue to topics of gender and feminisms.



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Arscott, Jane and Tremblay, Manon. 1999. “Il reste encore des travaux à faire: Feminism and Political Science in Canada and Québec.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 32 (1): 125–51.
Bates, Stephen, Jenkins, Laura, and Pflaeger, Zoe. 2012. “Women in the Profession: The Composition of UK Political Science Departments by Sex.” Politics 32 (3): 139–52.
Beckwith, Karen. 2015. “State, Academy, Discipline: Regendering Political Science.” PS: Political Science and Politics 48 (3): 445–49.
Curtin, Jennifer. 2013. “Women and Political Science in New Zealand: The State of the Discipline.” Political Science 65 (1): 6383.
Ford, Liz. 2016. “Threats of death and violence common for women in politics, report says.” The Guardian online, (March 15, 2017).
Griffin, Kimberley A., Bennett, Jessica C. and Harris, Jessica. 2013. “Marginalizing Merit? Gender Differences in Black Faculty D/discourses on Tenure, Advancement, and Professional Success.” Review of Higher Education 36 (4): 489512.
Hancock, Kathleen J., Baum, Matthew A. and Breuning, Marijke. 2013. “Women and Pre-Tenure Scholarly Productivity in International Studies: An Investigation into the Leaky Career Pipeline.” International Studies Perspectives 14 (4): 507–27.
Kadera, Kelly M. 2013. “The Social Underpinnings of Women's Worth in the Study of World Politics: Culture, Leader Emergence, and Coauthorship.” International Studies Perspectives 14 (4): 463–75.
Maliniak, Daniel, Powers, Ryan and Walter, Barbara F.. 2013. “The Gender Citation Gap in International Relations.” International Organization 67 (4): 889922.
Martin, Lisa L. 2016. “Gender, Teaching Evaluations, and Professional Success in Political Science. PS: Political Science and Politics 49 (2) 313–19.
Mershon, Carol and Walsh, Denise. 2015. “How Political Science Can Be More Diverse.” PS: Political Science and Politics 48 (3): 441–44.
Mitchell, Sara McLaughlin, Lange, Samantha, and Brus, Holly. 2013. “Gendered Citation Patterns in International Relations Journals.” International Studies Perspectives 14 (4): 485–92.
Monforti, Jessica Lavariega and Michelson, Melissa R.. 2008. “Diagnosing the Leaky Pipeline: Continuing Barriers to the Retention of Latinas and Latinos in Political Science.” PS: Political Science and Politics 41 (1): 161–66.
Monroe, Kristen. 2013. “Tougher Standards for Female Scholars? The Psychology behind Them and Policies to Eliminate Them.” International Studies Perspectives 14 (4): 476–84.
Monroe, Kristen Renwick, Choi, Jenny, Howell, Emily, Lampros-Monroe, Chloe, Trejo, Crystal and Perez, Valentina. 2014. “Gender Equality in the Ivory Tower, and How Best to Achieve It.” PS: Political Science & Politics 47 (2): 418–26.
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Finding Feminism(s) in Canadian Political Science Scholarship: Diversity and Resistance in an Era of Global Uncertainty

  • Alexandra Dobrowolsky (a1), Fiona MacDonald (a2), Tracey Raney (a3), Cheryl N. Collier (a4) and Pascale Dufour (a5)...


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