Amanda Bittner

Associate Professor

Department of Political Science, Memorial University


About Me...

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University.


I study public opinion and voting, and my broad research interests include the effects of knowledge and information on voter decision-making, as well as the institutional and structural incentives affecting voting behavior in both Canadian and Comparative contexts.


I am currently working on a number of on-going projects in various areas, including:

  1. voters’ evaluations of party leaders and the effects of those evaluations on vote choice

  2. voters’ attitudes about women in politics

  3. the impact of gender on public opinion

  4. the role of parenthood in politics

  5. voter turnout

  6. voters’ attitudes about immigration

  7. the impact of political knowledge on vote choice and issue attitudes

I am interested in supervising students in canadian and comparative politics, focusing on parties and elections, public opinion and voting, political psychology, and gender and politics.


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


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Read reviews, written in Party Politics, here; and in Perspectives on Politics, here (gated versions only).





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


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Russell, Peter, Francois Rocher, Debra Thompson, and Amanda Bittner. 2015. Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics, 2nd edition. Toronto; Emond Publishing.


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