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L. Pauline Rankin

Full Professor and Provost

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), M.A., Ph.D. (Carleton)


Pauline researches and teaches in the area of gender and politics. She is co-author of Politics As If Women Mattered: A Political Analysis of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women (1993), editor of a 2004 collection on gender and public policy (published in Ukrainian), and co-editor of a forthcoming collection tentatively titled The Legacy of ‘We Demand’: Sex Activism in Canada. She is the author of articles and chapters on various aspects of women’s movements in Canada, nationalism, gender mainstreaming, and gender and nation branding.  Pauline also has extensive experience as a gender consultant for several international development projects. She has delivered seminars and training workshops in Russia, Ukraine, China, Ethiopia, Bangladesh, Tunisia, South Africa, Turkey and the South Caucasus. Her current research is part of multi-disciplinary initiative at Carleton University, Gender Equality Measurement, focused on examining the ‘measurement turn’ in public policy and the questions related to epistemology, political change, policy innovation and feminist activism that arise from assumptions that equality can be quantified.

Pauline is a past Director of the Feminist Institute of Social Transformation (formerly the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s Studies) from 2000-2005 and a former Director of the School of Canadian Studies from 2005-2007. She served as Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and Acting Director of the School of Canadian Studies from 2013-2014. She is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Research Interests

  • women’s movements and feminist activism
  • gender and leadership
  • gender and nation branding
  • gender mainstreaming
  • gender equality measurement

Recent Publications

Rankin, L. Pauline. “Assessing the Impact of Transnational Activism on Women’s Movements at Home” in Mind the Gaps: Gender and Politics in Canada Roberta Lexier and Tamara A. Small (eds.) Halifax: Brunswick Books, 2013: 87-101.

Rankin, L. Pauline. “Gender and Nation Branding in the True North Strong and Free” Place Branding and Public Diplomacy 8:4 (2012): 257-267.

Rankin, L. Pauline. “Measure, Excess and the Canadian Women’s Movement” Transcanadiana: Polish Journal of Canadian Studies 5 (2012): 41-54.

Rankin, L. Pauline and Jennifer Stewart. Progress in Inches, Miles to Go: A Benchmarking Study of Women’s Senior Leadership in Canada. Ottawa: Carleton University and Deloitte Canada, 2012. 49 pages.

Ruhl, Jeffrey and L. Pauline Rankin. “Embracing our Creative Instability: Reflections on the Decennial of the Trent-Carleton Joint Doctoral Program in Canadian Studies” in Christl Verduyn and Jane Koustas (eds.) Canadian Studies: Past, Present, Praxis Halifax: Brunswick Books, 2012, pp. 300-315.

Haussmann, Melissa and L. Pauline Rankin. “Framing the Harper Government: “’Gender-Neutral’ Electoral Appeals while being Gender-Negative in Caucus” in Allan Maslove (ed.) Economic Upheaval and Political Dysfunction – How Ottawa Spends 2009-10 Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2009, pp. 241-262.

Nimijean Richard and L. Pauline Rankin. “Can Movements ‘Move’ On-Line?: Canadian Women’s Movements and On-Line Activism” in Marie Hammond-Callaghan and Matthew Hayday (eds.) Mobilizations, Protests and Engagements: Canadian Perspectives on Social Movements Halifax: Fernwood Books, 2008, pp. 62-80.


  • Teaching Achievement Award, Carleton University, 2002
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Carleton University Students’ Association, 1994
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Carleton University Students’ Association, 1993

Recent Graduate Supervisions

  • Lyndal Neelin, “The Importance of Being Shawville: The Role of Particularity in Community Resilience” Ph.D thesis, School of Canadian Studies, 2012. (Co-supervisor with Dr. Donna Patrick)
  •  Ha Nguyen, “Fresh for the Weekend” M.A. research essay, School of Canadian Studies, 2009.
  • Blake MacMillan, “Actor Network Theory in Westboro” M.A. thesis, School of Canadian Studies, 2009. (co-supervised with Herb Stovel).
  • Grace Irving, “In (Search of) Passing” M.A. thesis, School of Canadian Studies, 2009. (co-supervised with Patrizia Gentile).
  • Hana Lodin, “Canada’s Gender Equality Efforts in Afghanistan” M.A. research essay, School of Canadian Studies, 2008.