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Stephanie Paterson, PhD

Associate Professor, Political Science

Office: S-H 1225-33 
Henry F. Hall Building,
1455 De Maisonneuve W.
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2415
Email: stephanie.paterson@concordia.ca

Dr. Stephanie Paterson specializes in feminist and critical policy studies, with an emphasis on policy discourse and transformative politics. She has written in the areas of state feminism and gender mainstreaming, reproductive politics and motherhood, and violence against women. Dr. Paterson teaches courses in policy theory, feminist and critical policy studies, and gender and public policy.

Research interests

Feminist and Critical Policy Studies; State Feminism; Family and Social Policy; Reproductive Politics.


Teaching activities

POLI 353             Principles of Public Policy
POLI 411             Gender and Public Policy
POLI 636/805      Theories of Public Policy and Public Administration
POLI 648             Feminist Critiques of Public Policy
POLI 683S           Politics of Reproduction
POLI 600             Public Policy and the Governmental Process in Canada


Selected Recent Publications

Paterson, S., P. Marier, and F. Chu. 2016. “Technocracy or Transformation? Mapping Women’s Policy Agencies and Orienting Gender (In)equality in the Canadian Provinces.” Canadian Public Administration, 59(3). (available online).

Levasseur, K.and S. Paterson. Forthcoming. “Jack(and Jill) of All Trades: Apprenticeship Training as Gender Equality Policy.” Social Policy and Administration.

Paterson, S. and F. Scala. 2015. Making Gender Visible: Exploring Feminist PerspectivesThrough the Case of Anti-Smoking Policy. In the Handbook of Critical Policy Studies, F. Fischer, D. Torgerson, A.Durnova, and M. Orsini (eds.). Edward Elgar Publishing.

Paterson, S. 2014. “Deinstitutionalizing Pregnancy and Birth: Alternative Childbirth and the New Scalar Politics of Reproduction.”  In Fertile Ground: Exploring Reproduction in Canada, S. Paterson, F. Scala, and M. Sokolon(eds.): 178-204.  Montreal:  McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Marier, P., S. Paterson, and M. Angus. 2014. “From Quacks to Professionals: The Importance of Changing Social Constructions in the Policy Making Process.” Policy Studies 35(4): 413-433.

Paterson, S., F. Scala and M. Sokolon (eds). 2014. Fertile Ground:  Exploring Reproduction in Canada. Montreal:McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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