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Amanda Bittner is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. She also directs the Gender and Politics Lab at Memorial.

She studies public opinion and voting, and her broad research interests include the effects of knowledge and information on voter decision-making, as well as the institutional and structural incentives affecting voting behavior in both Canadian and Comparative contexts.



  • Voters’ evaluations of party leaders and the effects of those evaluations on vote choice

  • Voters’ attitudes about women in politics

  • The measurement of gender in survey research

  • The role of parenthood in politics

  • Voter turnout

  • Voters’ attitudes about immigration

  • The impact of political knowledge on vote choice and issue attitudes


2021: Royal Society of Canada - Inducted into The College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists

2021: Excellence in Mentorship Award - (Gender and Political Psychology Network) - recognizes "commitment to mentoring and transforrmative work within the discipline

2020: Sarah Shorten Award (Canadian Association of University Teachers) - recognizes "outstanding contributions to the promotion of the advancement of women in Canadian Universities and colleges"

2019: Excellence in Mentoring Award (American Political Science Association) -recognizes "sustained efforts by senior scholars to encourage and facilitate the career of emerging political scientists in the field of public policy

2019: Dean’s Award for Service Excellence (Memorial University, School of Graduate Studies) -recognizes the work and contributions of graduate staff members (administrative/support and academic) that exceeds the expectations for those positions

2017: President’s Award for Outstanding Research (Memorial University) - recognizes young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to their scholarly disciplines.

Bittner is often called upon for her insights and expertise, be it in the academic community, media,  or the wider community.


Bittner is interested in supervising students in canadian and comparative politics, focusing on parties and elections, public opinion and voting, political psychology, and gender and politics. If this is you, get in touch!

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