Erin Crandall, Ph.D.

Acadia University

Country: Canada (Nova Scotia)

Research Interests

Canadian Politics

Judicial Politics

Campaign Finance

Judicial Appointments

Canadian Supreme Court

Countries of Interest



Journal Articles:

(2017) The Politics of Judicial Appointment: Do Party Connections Impede the Appointment of Women to Canada’s Federally Appointed Courts?, Canadian Journal of Political Science

The influence of party connection on the selection of judges has long been an issue in Canada This article considers whether such connections adversely affect the appointment of women judges to federally appointed courts. The answer appears to be yes. Using political donations as a proxy for party connection, the data analyzed here suggest that as the number of appointees with connections to the government rises, the number of women appointees falls. However, for appointments to provincial courts by the government of Ontario, the prevalence of political connections among judicial appointees is less prominent, suggesting that different systems of judicial appointment may help to lessen these effects.

Books Written:

(2019) What’s Trending in Canadian Politics? Understanding Transformations in Power, Media, and the Public Sphere, UBC Press

What trends are shaping contemporary political communication and behaviour in Canada, and where are they heading? What’s Trending in Canadian Politics? examines the shifting nature of political communication and democratic governance in a digital age. Exploring the effects of conventional and emerging political communication practices in Canada, contributors investigate topics such as the uses of digital media for political communication, grassroots-driven protest, public behaviour prediction, and relationships between members of civil society and the political establishment. This interdisciplinary volume lays robust theoretical and methodological foundations for the study of transformative trends in political communication and in the relationship between political actors, institutions, and democracy. Original and timely, What’s Trending in Canadian Politics? sheds light on digital innovations while also providing a broader perspective on the online and offline dynamics of contemporary Canadian political engagement. This book will find an audience among students, scholars, and practitioners of Canadian politics, governance, political communication, media studies, party politics, and political campaigning and elections. Engaged Canadian citizens will also find much to pique their interest. Edited by Mireille Lalancette, Vincent Raynauld and Erin Crandall