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Raney, Tracey



PhD (Political Science): Calgary




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Dr. Tracey Raney is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Calgary, she holds a Masters Degree in Canadian Studies (with a specialization in Women’s Studies) from Carleton University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University.

Research Interests:

Dr. Raney’s research interests are in the areas of Canadian politics and women and politics. Her work focuses mainly on questions of identity and representation, including women’s political representation (Canada and Ontario), Canadian national identity, sub-national/regional political identities in Canada, and representations of gender/women in leadership roles in popular culture.

Present and recently completed externally-funded research projects include:

  • James R. Mallory Grant, Canadian Study of Parliament Group, for the project “Gendering the Upper House: Combatting Sexual Harassment in Canada’s Senate in the #MeToo Era.” 2019-2020.
  • Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Gendering Canada's legislatures: a comparative examination of federal, provincial, and territorial efforts to combat sexism and sexual harassment in politics.” 2018-2021. Co-applicant [Principal Investigator, Dr. Cheryl Collier, University of Windsor]
  • Partnership Engage Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Violence against women in politics: building knowledge and networks to improve gender equality in Canada’s legislatures.” Principal Investigator. 2017-2018.  [Co-applicant, Dr. Cheryl Collier, University of Windsor; Partner Organization: Equal Voice, Dr. Grace Lore].
  • Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “The True (Blue) North: the Prime Minister and Canadian Nation-Building since 2006”. 2015-2017. Co-applicant [Principal Investigator, Dr. Tim Nieguth, Laurentian University].
  • Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Faculty Research Exchange Grant, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities/Ontario Council on University Research (OCUR). 2013. “By the Numbers: The Representation of Women and Ethnic Minorities in the Legislatures of Ontario and Baden-Württemberg.” Co-applicant. (Co-applicant, Dr. Tim Nieguth, Laurentian University].


Dr. Raney was awarded the 2013 Jill Vickers Prize for her paper entitled “Leaving Parliament: Gender and Exit in the Ontario Legislature.” The Prize was established (in 2004) in honour of Professor Jill Vickers, an activist and leader in Canadian feminist scholarship, and the author of numerous books and articles in the fields of feminist political science, epistemology and interdisciplinary methodology, feminist theory and movements for change.  It is awarded annually to the author or authors of the best paper presented, in English or French, at the annual conference of the Canadian Political Science Association on the topic of gender and politics. Dr. Raney was shortlisted for the award in 2009 (with Loleen Berdahl) and again in 2017 (with Joanna Everitt).

Selected Publications:

Edited Journals

  • Finding Feminisms: Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (edited with Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Fiona MacDonald, Cheryl Collier and Pascale Dufour). 50:2 (June 2017).
    • See Cambridge Core BlogIntroduction to Special Issue” (also with Alexandra Dobrowolsky, Fiona MacDonald, Cheryl N. Collier and Pascale Dufour).

Peer Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

  • “A Question of Ethics? Addressing Sexual Harassment in the Legislatures of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada” (with Cheryl N. Collier). In Women in Politics, Women in Leadership, ed. Peter John Loewen, Rosemarjin de Gues, Erin Tolley and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
  • “Winning as a Woman/Winning as a Lesbian: Voter Attitudes towards Kathleen Wynne in the 2014 Ontario Election.” (with Joanna Everitt). In Queering Representation: LGBTQ People and Electoral Politics in Canada, ed. Manon Tremblay, 80-101. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, 2019.
  • “Patriotisms of the People: Understanding the ‘Highway of Heroes’ as a Canadian National Landmark.” In Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed, eds. Maeve Conrick, Munroe Eagles, Jane Koustas, and Caitríona Ní Chasaide, 47-61.  Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2017.
    • An earlier version published in French: “Le patriotisme par le bas au Canada : Reconstruire l'identité nationale sur l' Autoroute des héros.” Critique international, Presses de Sciences Po., Paris, 58 (janvier-mars 2013): 19-34.
  • “The Ontario Legislature: Living Up to its Democratic Potential Amidst Political Change?”  In The Politics of Ontario, ed. Cheryl N. Collier and Jonathan Malloy, 81-99. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017.
  • “Gender in the Aftermath: Starbuck and the Future of Woman in Battlestar Galactica” (with Michelle Meagher).  Chapter 3 in Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Post-apocalyptic T.V. and Film, ed. Barbara Gurr, 45-58.  New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2015.
  • “Gender Identity in Deep Space: Representations of Political Leadership in ‘Battlestar Galactica’.” Ch. 4 in The Politics of Popular Culture: Negotiating Power, Identity, and Place, ed. Tim Nieguth, 51-64. Montréal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
  • Guarding the Nation: Reconfiguring Canada in an Era of Neo-Conservatism” (with Tim Nieguth). Ch. 10 in Canada: The State of the Federation 2012: Regions, Resources and Resiliency, ed. Loleen Berdahl, Carolyn Tuohy, and Andre Juneau, 189-210. Kingston: Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations; Montréal-Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2015.
    • Also published as Paper #10 in the Working Paper Series of the Queen’s University Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, 2015.
  • “Breaking the Holding Pattern: Women in Ontario Politics.” In Stalled: The Representation of Women in Canadian Governments, ed. Linda Trimble, Jane Arscott, and Manon Tremblay, 154-173. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2013.

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