University of Calgary

Melanee Thomas

  • Professor


My research broadly addresses 1) the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality, with a particular focus on political attitudes and behaviour, and 2) the politics of energy transition from fossil fuels to more renewable sources of energy, and how this is affected by liberal colonialism, anti-Indigenous racism, and multi-level governance. While I use Canadian politics as a foundation for my work, the findings it generates have international implications and value. My objectives are to identify how Canadians think about themselves in politics, explain how this is structured by gender and sexism, and racism and colonialism, and then develop potential solutions that ameliorate and strengthen our democratic politics. 

I am willing to supervise graduate students studying gender and politics, Canadian politics, political behaviour, public opinion, the politics of energy transition, and political psychology.

Recent reserach contributions can be found in my CV (linked on the right side of this page). 

Curriculum Vitae



  • 2012 - Mothers and Others: Understanding the Impact of Family Life on Politics - SSHRC
  • 2011 - Jill Vickers Prize, 2011 - Women's Caucus, Canadian Political Science Association
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