Edana Beauvais

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Edana Beauvais

Assistant Professor

Political Science


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

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • 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


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.