Dr. Elise Maiolino 

Elise’s work has investigated the extent to which gender and identity matter in Canadian politics at the municipal, provincial, and federal levels, bridging sociological understandings of power and authority with feminist analyses of identity. Her prior research and accompanying publications, which garnered national attention, focused on the candidacy and leadership of three Canadian politicians—Justin Trudeau, Olivia Chow, and Kathleen Wynne. These projects examined the ways in which gender, race, sexuality, and other salient aspects of politicians’ identities are strategically negotiated and mobilized by politicians, political actors, the media, and the grassroots. Her academic work engages broadly with qualitative methods—discourse analysis, media analysis, participant observation, and interviewing. 

Elise’s research contributes to understandings of: (1) the durability of masculinity in Canadian electoral politics; (2) dispositional requirements for leaders; (3) the compensatory labour that minority politicians perform; and (4) alignments and allegiances between politicians and grassroots movements.