My research focuses on elections, voting, and public opinion, both comparatively and in Canada specifically. Recently, I have been conducting research on voters’ evaluations of party leaders and the effects of those evaluations on vote choice, as well as projects on gender and politics, attitudes towards immigration, as well as the impact of political knowledge on voting behavior and public opinion.



Melanee Thomas and Amanda Bittner, eds. (2017) Mothers and Others: The Impact of Family Life on Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Peter Russell, Francois Rocher, Debra Thompson, and Amanda Bittner, eds. 2015. Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics. Toronto: Emond Publishing.

Amanda Bittner and Royce Koop, eds. 2013. Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2011. Platform or Personality? The Role of Party Leaders in Elections. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.


Special Issue of a Journal (Guest Editor)

Amanda Bittner & David A.M. Peterson, eds. 2018. “Personality, Party Leaders, and Election CampaignsElectoral Studies.



Amanda Bittner. 2018. “Leaders Always Mattered: The Persistence of Personality in Canadian ElectionsElectoral Studies.

Amanda Bittner & David A.M. Peterson “Introduction: Personality, party leaders, and election campaigns” Electoral Studies.

Amanda Bittner and Melanee L. Thomas. 2017. “Moms in Politics: Work is WorkCanadian Parliamentary Review. In Press.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2017. Digging Deeper into the Gender Gap: Gender Salience as a Moderating Factor in Political AttitudesCanadian Journal of Political Science. 50(2): 559-578. 

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2017. Sex Isn’t Gender: Reforming Concepts and Measurements in the Study of Public Opinion. Political Behavior. Published Online Jan 28, 2017. (Replication data on Dataverse available here).

Amanda Bittner and Scott Matthews. 2015. Newfoundland and Labrador Votes: An account of the determinants of vote choice in the 2011 electionCanadian Political Science Review 9(2): 21-41.

Royce Koop and Amanda Bittner. 2011. Parachuted into parliament: candidate nomination, appointed candidates, and legislative roles in Canada. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties 21(4): 431-452.

Amanda Bittner. 2007. The effects of information and social cleavages: explaining issue attitudes and vote choice in Canada. Canadian Journal of Political Science 40(4): 935-968.   CJPS Post-Print.pdf.

Richard Johnston, J. Scott Matthews, and Amanda Bittner 2007. Alienation, indifference, competitiveness, and turnout: evidence from Canada, 1988-2004. Electoral Studies 26(4): 735-745. ES Post-Print.pdf



Drew Brown, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, and Amanda Bittner. 2018. “Women in NL Politics: Growing, But Mainly Behind the Scenes?” In Sylvia Bashevkin, ed. Doing Politics Differently? Women Premiers in Canada’s Provinces and Territories. Vancouver: UBC Press. (Accepted, in press)

Amanda Bittner. 2018. “The Personalization of Parliamentary Elections? “ in William Cross, Richard Katz, and Scott Pruysers, eds. The Personalization of Democratic Politics. Rowman and Littlefield.

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant and Amanda Bittner. 2017. Parental Status and Political Attitudes: Mothers as Opinionated Citizens. In Melanee Thomas & Amanda Bittner, eds. Mothers and Others: The Impact of Family Life on Politics. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. In Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2016. Democracy in Action: Elections, Participation, and Voting. In Christopher Anderson, ed. Studying Politics: An Introduction to Political Science. Nelson Education Limited.

Amanda Bittner. 2015. Party Leaders in the New Democratic Party. In David Laycock and Lynda Erickson, eds. Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP. Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2014. Leader Evaluations and Partisan Stereotypes, a Comparative Analysis. In Marina Costa Lobo and John Curtice, eds. Personality Politics? The Role of Leader Evaluations in Democratic Elections. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. 2013. Laggard No More: The Representation of Women in Newfoundland and Labrador Politics. In Linda Trimble, Jane Arscott, and Manon Tremblay, eds. Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Reeta C. Tremblay and Amanda Bittner. 2011. Newfoundland and Labrador: creating change in the 21st century. In John Biles, Meyer Burstein, Jim Frideres, Erin Tolley, and Rob Vineberg, eds. Integration and Inclusion of Newcomers and Minorities Across Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Amanda Bittner. 2010. Personality matters: the evaluation of party leaders in Canadian elections. In Cameron D. Anderson and Laura B. Stephenson, eds. Voting Behaviour in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.


Research Grants (Larger Projects)

Better Than Sex: Rethinking Gender in Survey Research

Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Principal Investigator. (Co-Investigator: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant)

Party Leaders in Canadian Elections

Project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Principal Investigator.

Canadian Election Study (2009-2015)

Funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and Elections Canada. Collaborator (Principal Investigators: Patrick FournierFred CutlerStuart Soroka, and Dietlind Stolle).