We are pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Tolley as the new Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Gender, Race, and Inclusive Politics.
Tolley’s research will generate new knowledge on the representation of race and gender in Canadian politics. Collaboratively, she will develop new ways to track diversity among electoral candidates, undertake a significant project on the measurement of race in political science research, and examine institutional structures that support or suppress representation.
“Elected bodies, universities and workplaces have all been largely designed by and for the most powerful members of society,” said Tolley. “At the time of their creation, the most powerful members of society were generally propertied white men.”
“Although some changes have been made, these have been made at the margins. There have not been large changes to remake these institutions. People want to look at some of the success stories, and believe there has been significant progress, but the archetypal elected official remains a white, able-bodied, middle-aged, heterosexual, white man.”
Tolley will develop research-driven responses to political inequality. In addition to these research outputs, Tolley will develop infrastructure to identify and support a new and more diverse generation of social scientists.