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Tracey Raney

Professor; Graduate Program Director: Public Policy and Administration (MA)
EducationPhD (Political Science): Calgary
Phone(416) 979-5000 x 552701


Dr. Tracey Raney is Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies, at Ryerson University. She serves as Graduate Program Director of the MA in Public Policy and Administration. 

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.

In 2018, Dr. Raney co-founded Ryerson’s first ‘Women in the House’ program, along with Senior Advisor to the Dean, Peggy Nash. This Arts-based program brings a select number of students who identify as women to Parliament Hill to shadow women parliamentarians for the day, attend Question Period, meet and network with women activists, journalists, political staffers, and policy advisors, and tour political sites in Ottawa. The program is available to students as a course credit (POG494).

Dr. Raney was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Political Science Association at its Annual General Meeting on 11 June 2021.

Edited Journals

Peer Reviewed Articles

Book Chapters

  • “When the West was In? Public Opinion in the Western Provinces during the Harper Era” (with Loleen Berdahl). In Regional and Federal Dynamics in the Harper Era, eds. Jim Farney and Julie Simmons. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, forthcoming.
  • “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, Power, and Political Representation: Canadian and Comparative Perspectives, ed. Roosmarijn de Geus, Erin Tolley, Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, and Peter John Loewen, 89-100. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2021.
  • “Canada’s Legislature: A (Gendered) Parliament for the People?” The Palgrave Handbook of Gender, Sexuality and Canadian Politics, eds. Manon Tremblay and Joanna Everitt, 167-186, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
  • “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, external link” (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.

Reports, Analyses, Reviews

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:

  • Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, “Women in the (Other) House: An Analysis of Gender Representation in Canada's Senate (2015-2019).” 2020-2025.
  • 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, external link, 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, external link, University of Windsor; Partner Organization: Equal Voice, external link, 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, external link, 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, external link, Laurentian University].

In 2021, Dr. Raney was awarded a Faculty of Arts Dean's Teaching Award, opens in new window.  The award recognised her overall teaching approach and, in particular, her commitment to building students’ leadership capacities through practical, first-hand experiences such as Ryerson’s ‘Women in the House’ program, which she co-founded with Distinguished Visiting Professor Peggy Nash in 2018.

Also in 2021, she won the inaugural Faculty of Arts Innovation in Curriculum and Pedagogy Award. This award recognizes demonstrated excellence, creativity, inclusivity and innovation in curricular development and pedagogy.

Dr. Raney was awarded the 2013 Jill Vickers Prize, external link 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).