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Michelle Irving

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


Minor Fields

American Politics

Areas of Interest

Gender & Politics
Political Psychology
Parenthood & Politics
Political Behavior
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.

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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)

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