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Erin Tolley

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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Toronto

    Erin Tolley is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. An expert on race, gender, and socio-demographic diversity in Canadian politics, she is the author of Framed: Media and the Coverage of Race in Canadian Politics, which was awarded the 2017 Donald Smiley Prize, an honour the recognizes the best book in Canadian politics and government. Her doctoral research was funded by the Trudeau Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and examined how race affects the media’s reporting on candidates in Canadian politics. Dr. Tolley’s current research focuses on race, gender and electoral representation; biases toward candidates and politicians; and strategies to improve the representation of racialized minorities and Indigenous peoples in Canadian political science. She has published in Electoral Studies, Canadian Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and is co-editor of four books on diversity and politics. A native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Dr. Tolley worked as a policy researcher prior to pursing doctoral studies. She regularly provides media commentary on issues related to Canadian politics.