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Teaching Awards:

Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Excellence Award (2022)
This award was established to recognize the contributions of political scientists to excellence in teaching and student learning. The prize is awarded every year.

Faculty of Arts Dean's Teaching Award (2021
This award recognises my commitment to building students’ leadership capacities through practical, first-hand experiences such as Ryerson’s ‘Women in the House’ program, which I co-founded with Distinguished Visiting Professor Peggy Nash in 2018. 

Faculty of Arts Innovation in Curriculum and Pedagogy Award (2021)
This award is given to a Faculty of Arts faculty member who has demonstrated excellence, creativity, inclusivity and innovation in curricular development and pedagogy.
Graduate Teaching: 

I regularly teach in the Master of Public Policy and Administration program at my university with supervisory interests on topics related to gender and politics/public policy, intersectionality, legislative codes of conduct, violence and harassment in politics, and citizen engagement. In 2022, I introduced a new MA-level course on Gender, Politics and Public Policy (PA 8220). In this course, students learn theoretical and practical skills on how to apply a gender and intersectional approach to public policies in Canada and in global politics. 

Experiential Learning:

In 2018 Peggy Nash and I co-founded Toronto Metropolitan University's Women in the House program. This experiential learning course is housed in the Faculty of Arts' new School of Public Policy and Democratic Innovation and is available for credit to masters and upper-level undergraduate students who identify as women from across the university. The goal of the program is to develop students' professional skills and to provide them with networking opportunities with women activist leaders and elected officials. As part of this multi-partisan program, students visit Queen's Park and meet with women MPPs from each political party, shadow a woman Minister or MP in Ottawa, attend Question Period, and write policy briefs for Members of Parliament on a topic of shared interest.

You can watch a short video and learn more about the program on its  website:


TMU Students in front of Parliament Hill, 2018

TMU Students with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, 2023 

You can read more about the 2023 cohort's experiences in Toronto and Ottawa here.

The TMU Eyeopener featured the program in its October 2020 edition here: 

You can also follow us on twitter here, where we promote our various events, some of which are open to the wider TMU community and members of the public: @RUWomeninHouse

I also regularly teach two courses in the undergraduate Politics & Governance program:
POG 110 (Power and Influence in Canadian Politics) and POG 442 (Women and Comparative Politics). I have previously taught courses on political parties and interest groups, U.S. Politics and Comparative politics at other universities (University of Calgary and Wilfrid Laurier University).

TMU Students with Prime Minister Trudeau, 2023

TMU Students with the Leader of the Official Opposition of Ontario Marit Stiles and MPP Jessica Bell, 2023

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