Edana Beauvais

Assistant Professor
Political Science

Areas of interest

Research and Supervision Fields:


-Political Communication
-Deliberative Democracy
-Racial, Ethnic, and Settler-Colonial Politics
-Gender and Politics
-Political Behaviour

Teaching Streams:

-Research Methods and Analysis
-Diversity and Migration
-Public Policy and Democratic Governance


  • BA (honours) University of Toronto
  • MA, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, University of British Columbia


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. Before joining SFU, I held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at Duke University, a Visiting Democracy Fellowship at the Ash Center, Harvard University, and a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, McGill University.

I am interested in the way inequalities shape communication and action, producing unequal political influence between different social group members. Substantively, my research falls into three categories: the study of political communication, deliberation and democratic innovation; gender and politics; and racial, ethnic and settler-colonial politics. I am also increasingly interested in the ways that changing technologies and digital forms of communication are creating new inequalities in communicative influence and what this means for collective decision-making and democratic legitimacy. Methodologically, I am interested in quantitative methods, particularly advances in machine learning, scaling, and dimensional analysis. I am also interested in experimental design. At SFU, my teaching will contribute to both the Department of Political Science and the new minor in Social Data Analytics.


2020. “The Political Consequences of Indigenous Resentment.” Journal of Racial and Ethnic Politics, available online. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/rep.2020.25

2020. “Deliberation and Non-Deliberative Communication.” Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 16(1), 4-13. http://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.387

2019. “Discursive Inequity and the Internal Exclusion of Women Speakers.” Political Research Quarterly, available online, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1177/1065912919870605

2019. “The Gender Gap in Political Discussion Group Attendance.” Politics and Gender, 16(2), 1-24. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1743923X18000892

2018. “What Can Deliberative Minipublics Contribute to Democratic Systems?” European Journal of Political Research, 58 (3), 893-914 (with Mark Warren). https://doi.org/10.1111/1475-6765.12303

2018. “Deliberation and Equality.” Oxford Handbook of Deliberative Democracy. Oxford University Press: Oxford, U.K, 144-155.

2018. “The Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly: An Experiment in Municipal Planning.” Canadian Public Administration, 61(3), 341-360. https://doi.org/10.1111/capa.12293

2017. “The Role of Social Group Membership on Classroom Participation.” PS: Political Science and Politics, 50 (2), 57-72 (with Şule Yaylaçi). https://doi.org/10.1017/S104909651600319X

2016. “Taking the Goals of Deliberation Seriously: A Differentiated View on Equality and Equity in Deliberative Designs and Processes.” Journal of Deliberative Democracy, 12 (2), 1-18 (with André Bächtiger). http://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.254

2015. “Political Communication and the Political Use of Language.” Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law, Special Issue: The Informed Citizens Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law, 221-244.


Future courses may be subject to change.