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Erin  Tolley  - University of Toronto . Toronto , ON, CA

Erin Tolley

Assistant Professor of Political Science | University of Toronto

Toronto , ON, CANADA

Expert on race, gender and diversity in Canadian politics



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Erin Tolley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and the award-winning author of Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics. Her research examines the impact of socio-demographic diversity on Canadian politics, and she has looked extensively at race and gender in politics. She provides media commentary and analysis on:

- Diversity and Canadian political institutions
- Electoral representation of women and minorities
- Media coverage of women and minorities in politics
- Immigration, citizenship and multiculturalism policy

Dr. Tolley's work has also appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Migration Policy Research; she is the author or co-author of 12 peer-reviewed book chapters, and the co-editor of five books.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Canadian Politics

Women in Politics

Immigration and multiculturalism


Accomplishments (1)

2017 Donald Smiley Prize (professional)

Awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association for the Best Book on Canadian Government or Politics

Education (3)

Queen's University: PhD, Political Science

University of Western Ontario: MA, Political Science

University of Saskatchewan: BA (High Honours), Political Studies

Affiliations (2)

  • Board of Directors, Canadian Political Science Association
  • Advisory Board, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Diverse Voices for Change

Media Appearances (1)

"Attack ads"

Monocle Radio  radio


Analysis segment with Steven Bloomfield and John Doyle

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Research Grants (2)

"When Politicians Attack"

Social Science and Humanities Research Council 

with Randy Besco

"How Much of Politics is Local?"

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 

with Marc André Bodet, François Gelineau and Melanee Thomas