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University of Toronto
Canadian politics, electoral representation, women, gender, race
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About Me

My research examines the relationship between socio-demographic diversity and Canadian politics. My central preoccupation is to better understand how race and gender influence electoral representation, voting behaviour and political institutions. Currently, this includes a study of candidate recruitment by Canadian political parties, an examination of race and gender affinity in vote choice, and a relatively new project on the political effects of rhetoric targeting racial and religious minorities.

Recent Publications

Erin Tolley. 2016. Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Sue Thomas and Erin Tolley. 2016. Gender politics and the state: North America. Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. London: Wiley-Blackwell.

Erin Tolley. 2015. Visible minority and Indigenous Members of Parliament. Canadian Election Analysis: Communication, Strategy, and Democracy. Alex Marland and Thierry Giasson, eds. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Erin Tolley. 2015. Racial mediation in the coverage of candidates’ political viability: A comparison of approaches. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 41(6): 963-984.

Paul Spoonley and Erin Tolley, eds. 2012. Diverse Nations, Diverse Responses: Approaches to Social Cohesion in Immigrant Societies. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 352 pages. (Full co-editor).

John Biles, Meyer Burstein, James Frideres, Robert Vineberg and Erin Tolley, eds. 2011. Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 423 pages. (Full co-editor).

Erin Tolley and Robert Young, eds. 2011. Immigrant Settlement Policy in Canadian Municipalities. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. 331 pages. (First editor).

Erin Tolley. 2011. Do Women ‘Do Better’ in Municipal Politics? Electoral Representation Across Three Levels of Government. Canadian Journal of Political Science 44(3): 573-594

Caroline Andrew, John Biles, Myer Siemiatycki and Erin Tolley, eds. 2008. Electing a Diverse Canada: The Representation of Immigrants, Minorities and Women. Vancouver: UBC Press. 278 pages. (Full co-editor).

Media Coverage

Priya Ramanujam, “Race affects how media cover Canadian political candidates,” New Canadian Media (July 13, 2015).

Mimi Williams, “Current federal representation doesn’t reflect Canada’s growing diversity,” Vue Weekly (July 18, 2015).

John Lorinc, “How to take Toronto from Good to Great,” UofT Magazine (Autumn 2015).

Mark Burgess, “17 political books to read this fall,” The Hill Times (September 7, 2015). Included a profile of my book, Framed.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Erin Tolley, “Parties pigeonhole visible minority candidates,” Toronto Star (September 9, 2015).

Abbas Rana, “Some 33 federal ridings with more than 50 per cent visible minority population up for grabs on Oct. 19,” The Hill Times (September 21, 2015).

Samantha Lui, “Courting the ‘Ethnic Vote,’” New Canadian Media (September 24, 2015).

Monocle 24 Radio, “Attack ads,” 30 minute analysis segment with Steven Bloomfield for The Foreign Desk (September 26, 2015).

Alia Dharssi, “Canada federal election candidates include more visible minorities in 2015 than in the past four votes,” National Post (October 20, 2015).

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