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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 is best known for her work on voters' perceptions of party leaders, as well as her work on the way that we measure gender in survey research.

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



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

  • The measurement of gender in survey research

  • The impact of gender on political attitudes

  • Gender, social class, and intimate partner violence

  • The role of parenthood in politics

  • Voter turnout and political engagement

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


2022: 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 transformative 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 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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