Joanna Everitt



Faculty of Arts

Hazen Hall 201

Saint John
1 506 648 5560

Dr. Joanna Everitt is a Professor of Political Science and a former Visiting Fellow with the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (Fall 2013). She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

She received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, and her BA from Carleton University. She joined the Faculty of Arts’ Department of History & Politics in 1997 and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts in 2009. In 2007 she was awarded the Allan P. Stuart Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Joanna Everitt specializes in Canadian politics, gender and politics, and political behavior. Her research specifically examines gender differences in public opinion, media coverage of male and female party leaders and its impact on leadership evaluations, and advocacy organizations and social capital. She was the lead investigator for the 2014 New Brunswick Election Study and was part of the team of scholars that produced the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Canadian Election Studies.

Dr. Everitt is a long-time member of the Canadian Political Science Association and has sat on its Board of Directors and its Task Force on Diversity. She has also been a member of the editorial boards of the Canadian Journal of Political Science and the Canadian Political Science Review.


The Blueprint: Conservative parties and their impact on Canadian politics, co-edited with J.P. Lewis. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2017.

Dominance and Decline: Making Sense of Recent Canadian Elections, co-authored with Elisabeth Gidengil, Neil Nevitte, André Blais and Patrick Fournier. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012.

Advocacy Groups: The Canadian Democratic Audit, co-authored with Lisa Young, University of British Columbia Press. 2004.

Citizen Politics: Research and theory in Canadian political behaviour, co-edited with Brenda O’Neill, Oxford University Press, 2002.

Recent articles and book chapters

“Candidate Gender, Behavioral Style, and Willingness to Vote: Support for Female Candidates Depends on Conformity to Gender Norms” with Lisa Best and Derek Gaudet American Behaviorial Scientist. 2016, 60:14, 1737-1755.

“Testing the Themes in the New Brunswick Voting Behaviour Literature: An Analysis of the 2014 Provincial Election Study” with Joseph Sanford. International Journal of Canadian Studies, 2016, 53, 25-42

“Where are the Women in Canadian Political Parties” in Alan Gagnon and Brian Tanguay eds., Canadian Parties in Transition, 4th edition, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016.

LGBT Activism in the 2015 Federal Election” in Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson eds. Canadian Election Analysis 2015: Communication, Strategy, and Canadian Democracy Samara/UBC Press, 2015.

“Gender and Sexual Diversity in Provincial Election Campaigns” Canadian Political Science Review. 9:1, 2015, 177-192.

"Mobilization on the Periphery: LGBT Activitism and Success in Atlantic Canada" in Manon Trembley and Miriam Smith eds. Queer Movements and Public Policy: Pan-Canadian Perspectives Vancouver: UBC Press, 2015, 125-141.

“In Versus Out: LGB Politicians in Canada” with Michael Camp. Journal of Canadian Studies 48:1, 2014, 226-251.

"A province at the back of the pack: Women in New Brunswick Politics" in Linda Trimble, Jane Arscott and Manon Tremblay eds., Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013, 93-114.

"Public Attitudes Towards Women's Political Representation" with Elisabeth Gidengil in Tamara Small and Roberta Lexier eds. Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics, Black Point NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2013, 34-47.

"Explaining the modern gender gap" with Elisabeth Gidengil, André Blais, Patrick Fournier, and Neil Nevitte in Tamara Small and Roberta Lexier eds. Mind the Gaps: Canadian Perspectives on Gender and Politics, Black Point NS: Fernwood Publishing, 2013, 48-63.

"Women as Political Communicators: Candidates and Campaigns" with Susan Banducci and Elisabeth Gidengil in Holli Semetko and Margaret Scammell eds. The Sage Handbook of Political Communication London: Sage Publications, 2012.

"Unconventional Politicians: Gender and Media Coverage of Canadian Leaders' Debates, 1993, 1997, 2000" with Elisabeth Gidengil in Michael Kimmel, Amy Aronson and Amy Kale eds. The Gendered Society Reader. 2nd Canadian Ed. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2011.

"Deliberation from within: Changing one's mind during an interview," with Fournier Patrick, Blais André, Elisabeth Gidengil, Neil Nevitte and Matthew Turgeon. Political Psychology 32:5 2011, 885-919.

"Advocacy Groups" with Lisa Young, in Bill Cross ed. Auditing Canadian Democracy Vancouver: UBC Press 2010.

"Political Judgements, Perceptions of Facts, and Partisan Effects", with André Blais, Elisabeth Gidengil, Fournier Patrick, Neil Nevitte and Jiyoon Kim. Electoral Studies. 29:1, 2010, 1-12.

“Belinda Stronach and the Gender Politics of Celebrity” with Linda Trimble, in Shannon Sampert and Linda Trimble, eds., Mediating Canadian Politics Toronto: Pearson, 2010, 50-74.

“Changing the Game Changes the Frame: the media’s use of lesbian stereotypes in leadership versus election campaigns” with Michael Camp. Canadian Political Science Review. 3:3, 2009, 24-39.

“One is not like the others: Allison Brewer’s Leadership of the New Brunswick NDP” with Michael Camp, in Sylvia Bashevkin, ed. Are Doors Opening Wider? Studies of Women’s Political Engagement in Canada, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009, 127-144.

“Gender and Perceptions of Leader Traits: Evidence from the 1993 Canadian and 1999 New Zealand Elections” with E. Gidengil and Susan Banducci, in Sylvia Bashevkin, ed. Are Doors Opening Wider? Studies of Women’s Political Engagement in Canada, Vancouver: UBC Press, 2009. 167-193.