I study Gender and Politics with a regional focus on American and Canadian politics. My research focuses on the intersection of parenthood in politics, candidate emergence and political psychology. I work with voter behavior surveys and experiments to analyze how gender, parenthood, and race influence voter perceptions of political candidates. At Rutgers I work as a graduate research assistant for the Center for American Women in Politics (CAWP), and have helped teach the intro course Law and Politics. Prior to grad school I worked in government communications in Canada, have an MA in Political Science from Memorial University and BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University.
Year in Program
Areas of Interest
Gender & Politics
Parenthood & Politics
Canadian & American Politics
Teaching / Teaching Assistant Roles
790:106 Law & Politics, TA
790:306 American Presidency
790:335 American Women & Politics
Michelle is currently working on developing her dissertation proposal.
Works in Progress
Baby Bump: Political Consequences for Pregnant Candidates
Parents in Parliament: Moms are More Active on Twitter, but Dads Give More Personal Details, with Dr. Amanda Bittner
Emotional Suitability during a Crisis: Governor's Gender presentation differences on Twitter during Covid-19, with Cole Harvey (University of Oaklahoma) and Jonne Kamphorst (European University Institute)
Women in local politics in Newfoundland, with Brooke Steinhauer (McGill)