Department of Political Science
Brenda O'Neill's current research interests include women's feminist and religious beliefs and their role in shaping public opinion, gender and political party leadership in Canada, and the changing nature of political and civic engagement. She is principal investigator of a 2009 SSHRC grant entitled "The Political Behaviour and Attitudes of Women in Quebec." Working with Elisabeth Gidengil (McGill) and Lisa Young (Calgary), the project extends the 2007 Women's Political Participation Survey, undertaken with women in English-speaking Canada, to women in Quebec. She was principal investigator of a 2003 SSHRC funded research project entitled "Value Pluralism and Canadian Women: Feminism, Religious Beliefs and Political Opinions." Using a series of focus groups conducted with Canadian women in the summer of 2004, the project examined the intersection of feminism and religious beliefs and behaviour, as well as their relationship to political opinion and behaviour more broadly.
Dr. O'Neill currently sits on the Editorial Advisory Boards of The Canadian Journal of Political Science and The Canadian Political Science Review.