Edana Beauvais

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Research Keywords

deliberation; democratic theory; Canadian politics; gender; feminism; multiculturalism; civil society; inter-group deliberation; political psychology; experiments; deliberative mini-publics

Email

edana.beauvais@gmail.com

About

I’m currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McGill’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC), working under the supervision of Dietlind Stolle. My postdoc research considers the democratic potential of everyday talk, focusing on the question of when talking contributes to cross-cutting social ties (the relational measure of social integration).

I wrote my dissertation, Discursive Equality, under the supervision of Mark Warren at the University of British Columbia (defended July 2017). My dissertation looks at the democratic potential of everyday talk and political deliberation, and the problem of when power asymmetries exclude disempowered social group members from participating in/influencing talk. Focusing on gender, I consider the problem of when formal structural inequalities (for instance, legal prohibitions, material inequalities) prevent women from participating in political talk, as well as when inequality structures social cognition (for instance, through gender stereotypes and gendered variation in self-worth) to produce gendered asymmetries in discursive participation. In my dissertation, I backup my theoretical claims with two empirical chapters. First, using data from the CES 2015, I show that there is an ongoing gender gap with respect to participation in group deliberation. Second, using data from a novel survey experiment, I show that even when women are nominally included in talk, they have less influence than men.

My other research projects include studying a citizens’ assembly on municipal planning (with Mark Warren), as well as a study on student participation in university tutorials (with Şule Yaylací).
I have strong research, writing, analytic, data analysis skills, and teaching skills. In addition to completing my doctoral dissertation, I’ve published six academic journal articles (in press or R&R), and have presented at over a dozen academic conferences in Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the American Political Science Association and Canadian Political Science Association conferences. I completed my methods training at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Inter-Consortium of Political and Social Research (hosted at the University of Michigan). I also have experience drafting (successful) grant applications. I have worked as a teaching assistant for Political Theory, Canadian Politics, and Quantitative Research Methods courses, and taught my own Canadian Politics course as an adjunct instructor. I also work as a Research Assistant for the Participedia Project, a global collaboration dedicated to leveraging online tools to gain insight into the growing number of participatory innovations around the globe.

Education

Ph.D. in Political Science, University of British Columbia (2010- 2017)

Simon Fraser University: “Introduction to Time Series Analysis” (Summer course, taught by Mark Pickup) (2015)

Inter-Consortium for Political and Social Research: “Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research” (2014)

Courses taken: “Regression II (Regression Diagnostics),” and “Multi-Level Modelling”
Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences: “Linking Theory and Methodology” (2013)

Canadian Summer School in Berlin: “Rethinking Memory and National Identity” (2011)

M.A. in Political Science, University of British Columbia (2009-2010)

H.B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, University of Toronto (2004-2008)

UBC Committee

· Mark Warren, University of British Columbia (Supervisor)
· Andrew Owen, University of British Columbia
· Simone Chambers, University of California, Irvine

Peer Reviewed Publications

Beauvais, E. (2017). Accepted, forthcoming. Deliberation and Equality. Oxford Handbook of
Deliberative Democracy. Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK.

Beauvais, E. (2017). Revise and resubmit. The Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly: An
Experiment in Municipal Planning. Canadian Public Administration.

Beauvais, E. and Warren, M. E. (2017). Revise and resubmit. Can Citizens’ Assemblies Deepen
Urban Democracy? European Journal of Political Research.

Beauvais, E. and Yaylaci, Ş. (2017). The Role of Social Group Membership on Classroom
Participation. PS: Political Science and Politics.

Beauvais, E. and Bächtiger, A. (2016). Taking the Goals of Deliberation Seriously: A Differentiated
View on Equality and Equity in Deliberative Designs and Processes. Journal of Public Deliberation, 12 (2).

Beauvais, E. (2015). Political Communication and the Use of Political Language. Journal of
Parliamentary and Political Law, Special Issue: The Informed Citizens Guide to Elections: Electioneering Based on the Rule of Law.

Working Papers

Beauvais, E. “Discursive Inequity: How Gender Stereotypes and Gendered Self-Esteem Impact Argumentation.”
· Paper prepared for the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference, “The Psychology of Deliberating Groups” panel (originally entitled “Social Stereotypes and the Flow of Ideas in Political Deliberation”).

Beauvais, E. “Stereotyping, Cognition, and Deliberative Democratic Theory: The Search for Discursive Equality.”
· Winner of the Stankiewicz Prize Award (“Best political theory paper”), given by the department of political science, UBC
· An earlier draft was presented at the 2015 Western Political Science Association Conference

Beauvais, E, Mann, E., and Lore, G. “Continental Gender Divide: Abortion Attitudes in the United States and Canada”
· Presented at the 2016 Canadian Political Science Association Conference, the “Health Regulation” panel

Beauvais, E and Yaylaci, S. “The Role of Conversational Dynamics and Facilitators in Promoting Empathy in Small-Group Deliberation.”
· Presented at the 2016 Canadian Political Science Association Conference, the “Youth Participation” panel

Beauvais, E and Yaylaci, S. “Silence in the Classroom: Exploring the Impact of Student and Instructor Attributes on Student Participation.”
· An earlier draft presented at the 2014 American Political Science Association Conference, the “Assessing Diversities in the Classroom” panel

Select Non-Peer Reviewed Publications

Beauvais, E. and Dave Moscrop. 23 October 2015. “This is how Canada should pursue electoral reform.” The Ottawa Citizen.

Beauvais, E. 7 August 2015. “Op-Ed: Elizabeth May won by just being in the room.” The Ottawa Citizen.

Beauvais, E and David Moscrop. 10 June 2015. “Op-ed: Stop treating women’s soccer as second-class soccer.” The Ottawa Citizen.

Lore, Grace, Edana Beauvais, and Allison James-Lomax. 25 November 2014. “Opinion: Elections yield mixed results for women.” The Vancouver Sun.

Beauvais, Edana. 2011. “Talking Across Boundaries: Interracial Deliberation.” UBC Master’s Thesis.

Research Projects

Challenging Discursive Equality: How Pre-Cognitive Judgements Shape Discourse (2015-present)
· A survey experiment testing whether gender impacts the likelihood of accepting counterarguments.
· Funded in part by an UBC Arts Graduate Student Research Award (2015), and by a UBC Doctoral Research Fund Award (2013)

Study of the Grandview-Woodland Citizens’ Assembly, with Mark Warren (2014-present)
· A three-wave survey of the participants who were involved in the GW Citizens’ Assembly on neighbourhood planning. We also surveyed members of the public who volunteered but were not selected to participate (taking advantage of the random selection sortation mechanism makes this a natural experiment).

Study of Student Participation and Group Dynamics, with Sule Yaylaci (2013-present)
· A large-n (700 participants) survey study of student participation in university tutorials.
· Funded by an UBC Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology (ISIT) Research Funding Grant (2013)

Select Conference Presentations

Paper Presenter. September 2016. “Social Stereotypes and the Flow of Ideas in Political Deliberation.” American Political Science Association Conference.

Non-Presenting co-author for a Paper Presentation (with André Bächtiger). September 2016. “Equality and Equity in Deliberative Design.” American Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter (with Şule Yaylaci). June 2016. “The Role of Conversational Dynamics and Facilitators in Promoting Empathy in Small-Group Deliberation.” Canadian Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter (with Elizabeth Mann & Grace Lore). June 2016. “Continental Gender Divide: Abortion Attitudes in the United States and Canada.” Canadian Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter (with Mark Warren). September 2015. “Can Citizens’ Assemblies Deepen Urban Democracy?” American Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter (with Şule Yaylaci). September 2015. “Promoting Voice: Motivating Student Participation in Diverse Classrooms” American Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter. June 2015. “A Democratic Experiment in Municipal planning: The Citizens’ Assembly on the Grandview-Woodland Community Plan.” Canadian Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter. April 2015. “Stereotyping, Discourse, and Speaker Status: From Social Psychology to Democratic Theory.” Western Political Science Association Conference.
Panel presenter. August 2014. “The Participedia Project: A New Approach to Understanding Democratic Innovations.” American Political Science Association Conference.

Paper presenter. July 2014. “Ascribed Status, Stereotypes, and Prototype Effects: Consequences for Deliberative Democratic Theory.” International Political Science Association.

Scholarships and Distinctions:

  •  SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (September 2017-August 2019)
  • UBC Arts Graduate Student Research Award (2015)
  • Stankiewicz Prize Award (“Best political theory paper”), Department of Political Science, UBC (2014)
  • Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship for tuition at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (July-August 2014)
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (September 2012-2016)
  • UBC Four-Year-Fellowship (September 2010-2012)
  • UBC Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology (ISIT) Research Funding Grant (2013)
  • UBC Doctoral Research Fund (2013)

 

 

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