Kate Puddister, Ph.D.


University of Guelph

Country: Canada (Ontario)

About Me:

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. I completed a Ph.D. in political science at McGill University and an MA in criminology and criminal justice policy from the University of Guelph. 

Research Interests

Crime Politics

Judicial Politics

Canadian Politics

Sentencing Policy

Police Policy

Law And Politics

Canadian Supreme Court

Reference Cases

Countries of Interest


My Research:

Professor Puddister’s work assesses the intersection of law and politics, the interaction between political actors and the judiciary, and the judicialization of politics. More specifically, her work looks at the litigation behaviour of governments and instances where political actors rely on courts to make political and normative decisions. This work focuses on how judicial review can benefit elected officials, why political actors empower courts, and how litigation can be a viable political strategy. Professor Puddister has also published work on Canadian politics and on police oversight, accountability, and the RCMP’s Mr. Big investigative technique.

Media Appearances:

TV Appearances:

(2017) TVO The Agenda with Steve Paikin

A panel discussion on the Ontario government's plan to overhaul the Police Services Act.


(2014) METRO news

Editorial, "If Michael Brown Was Shot in Canada"

(2014) National Post

Editorial, "“Who’s in Charge of Mr. Big?” National Post, 05 August, editorial, A10. with Dr. Troy Riddell