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Melissa Haussman

Professor, Department of Political Science

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 and is cross-listed with the Institute of Political Economy. She teaches in both the US and comparative North American fields. Her scholarship has generally focused on questions of women’s access to political power in North America. Her research has centered on women’s ability to gender public policy and related debates, especially on reproductive rights and health care systems. She is particularly interested in the roles played by federalism and supranational mechanisms in affording either opportunities or barriers to women’s policy successes.

Melissa is the Co-Editor, with Professor Oriana Palusci, University of Naples, Italy, of the peer-reviewed International Journal of Canadian Studies. She is on the Editorial Board of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research Journal, the Journal of Women, Politics and Policy.  Melissa has also has served on the Editorial Boards of the APSA journal PS and the IPSA journal International Political Science Review. She has held office in the American and International Political Science Associations and in the Association for Canadian Studies in the US. She previously taught at Suffolk University, Boston, MA from 1995-2005. Melissa supervises students on Washington internships, based on the agreement with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars to Carleton which she brought to Carleton in 2005.

Research Interests: US politics and comparative politics of Can-US generally; comparative gendered politics of reproductive health care; multilevel governance and federalism

Selected Publications

Co-author, with Lori Turnbull, “Legislatures and Parties: Heightened Divisions since the 1990s,” Chapter 8, in David Biette and David Thomas, eds., Canada and the US: Differences that Count (University of Toronto Press, 2014).

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

Chapter co-authored with Lisa Mills in Chris Stoney and Bruce Doern, eds., How Ottawa Spends, 2012-2013, “Doing the North American Two-Step on a Global Stage: Canada, the G 8 Muskoka Initiative and Safe Abortion Funding,” McGill-Queen’s University Press, December 2012.

Author, “Caught in a Bind: The US Pro-Choice Movement and Federalism,” Chapter 8, in Haussman, Sawer and Vickers, eds., Federalism, Feminism and Multilevel Governance (Ashgate, 2010).

Co-author (with David Biette), “Buy American or Buy Canadian?: Public Procurement Politics and Policy under International Frameworks,” in Bruce Doern and Christopher Stoney, eds, How Ottawa Spends (May 2010).

Co-editor (with Birgit Sauer, University of Vienna), Gendering the State in the Age of Globalization: Women’s Movements and State Feminism in Post-Industrial Democracies (Boulder: Rowman and Littlefield Press, 2007).

Abortion Politics in North America (Lynne Rienner, 2005).