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


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.

2014: Jill Vickers Award (nominee) - for best paper presented in the Gender and Politics section of the 2013 Canadian Political Science Association annual meetings

2012: Glenn Roy Blundon Award (nominee) - for making an outstanding contribution by fostering an accessible learning environment for students with disabilities (Memorial University)

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!