Melanee Thomas’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality in Canada and other post-industrial democracies. Her particular focus is on political attitudes and behavior, and policy feedback.
Among her projects is Mothers and Others: Understanding the Impact of Family Life on Politics, which is funded by a SSHRC Aid to Workshops Grant. Thomas will contribute to, and edit, a book resulting from the workshop, which is scheduled to be published in 2015.
Her current research examines the effect of stereotype cues -- for example “women are ignorant about public affairs compared to men” – on women’s political engagement. She is also examining unfair critiquing of female politicians that involves discussions of character rather than skills. “One of the things we hope to do, depending on the results, is contact editorial boards and show them how covering women in politics in a certain way can cause harm to individual women viewing or reading that coverage.”
2012 – SSHRC – Mothers and Others: Understanding the Impact of Family Life on Politics
2011– Jill Vickers Prize – 2011 – Women’s Caucus, Canadian Political Science Association