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Melissa Haussman

comparative institutional structures and leverage points affecting gendered and intersectional representation and policy outputs, including North America and the UK

Degrees:BA (Colby College) MA (Carleton) PhD (Duke)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2768
Office:A623 Loeb Building


Melissa Haussman is a Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, having moved from her native Boston and joining the Department in 2005. In both the US and Canada, she has been active in women’s campaigns for national office, often including her students in these participatory efforts. She brought The Washington Centre for Internships agreement with her when she came, a framework which sends students from all majors to The Washington Centre for a semester or summer term. She has been on the editorial board of several gender and politics journals and has published six books at the present time. She is interested in supervising students whose interests like in the intersection of political institutions, marginalized populations and policy outputs.

Selected Publications

Walking the Gendered Tightrope: Nancy Pelosi and Theresa May as Legislative Leaders (co-authored with Professor Karen Kedrowski), forthcoming, 2022.

Co-authored Chapter with Professor Lori Turnbull on party polarization, new issue challenges and changed legislative structures in Chris Sands and David Thomas, ed., Differences that Count, Fifth edition, University of Toronto Press, forthcoming, 2022.

Co-authored textbook with Professors Stephen Brooks and Donald Abelson, 3rd edition, Understanding American Politics, third edition, forthcoming 2022.

Chapter, “Trump’s ‘principles of economic mobility’ and Medicaid: Gender, race and federalism,” in Jill Vickers, Joan Grace and Cheryl Collier, eds., Handbook on Gender, Diversity and Federalism (Edward Elgar, 2020), pp. 135-148.

Author, “Old Federalism and New Social Risks: Reproductive Health in Canada and the US,” in Thinking Outside the Box, edited by Keith Banting, Richard Chaykowski, and Steven Lehrer, McGill-Queen’s University Press, November 2015, pp. 161-188. Note: this book was listed in the Hill Times “100 Top Politics Books of 2015.”

Reproductive Rights and the State: Getting the Birth-Control, RU-486, and Morning-After Pills and the Gardasil Vaccine to the US Market (Praeger, Jan. 2013).

Co-editor (with Jill Vickers and Marian Sawer), June 2010, Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance (Ashgate Press).

Recent Podcast on The Institutional and Intersectional Constraints to Diversity In US Politics

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