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Dr. Tammy Findlay

Dr. Tammy FindlayAssociate Professor & Chair

Department of Political and Canadian Studies



Ph.D. – York University (political science)
M.A. –York University (political science)
B.A. – Huron University Western (political science)

Tammy Findlay grew up in London, Ontario. She came to Halifax from Vancouver, British Columbia, where she did a post-doctoral fellowship in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies’ Human Early Learning Partnership at UBC. Before joining the faculty at the Mount, Dr. Findlay taught at York University, Trent University, and the University of Western Ontario in political science, women’s studies, social science and Canadian studies. She has also worked as a policy researcher for a national social policy organization.

Dr. Findlay teaches the Canadian Studies core courses, and serves as faculty advisor to its majors and the Canadian Studies Student Society.


Professor Findlay’s research interests are in the areas of Canadian politics, gender and politics, gender and public policy, intersectionality, social policy, child care, community engagement, multilevel governance, and women’s representation. Dr. Findlay values interdisciplinary and community-based research that fosters social change, and has been involved in a variety of university and community service.

She is currently working on several projects:

1) Changing Public Services: Women and Intersectional Analysis, with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women

2) Child Care and Intersectionality: Building Social Policy Solidarity

3) Royal Commission on that Status of Women at 50 (federalism and multilevel governance)

4) Kids In Communities Study (KICS), a collaboration with Australian researchers




Dr. Findlay’s book, Femocratic Administration: Gender, Governance and Democracy in Ontario, is now available from the University of Toronto Press:


Other Selected Publications:

Tammy Findlay. "Child Care and the Harper Agenda: Transforming Canada's Social Policy Regime." Canadian Review of Social Policy. 71 no. 1. (Spring 2015). pp. 1-20.

Tammy Findlay. “The Women’s Movement and the State in Ontario.” In Divided Province: Ontario Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism. Gregory Albo and Robert MacDermid, eds. Forthcoming, 2015.

Tammy Findlay with Stella Lord. “A New Economy Needs Child Care.” Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Nova Scotia. April 2015.

Tammy Findlay. “Social Capital and Local Governance Regimes: Early Childhood Development Roundtables in British Columbia.” The Innovation Journal. 19 no. 1. (2014).

Tammy Findlay. “Femocratic Childcare.” In The New Politics of Critical Social Work. Mel Gray, and Stephen A. Webb, eds., Palgrave, 2013. pp. 174-194.

Tammy Findlay. “Democratizing Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes: Community Engagement and Public Reporting in Early Learning and Child Care in Canada.” In Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes. Peter Graefe, Julie Simmons, and Linda White, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2013. pp. 75-101.

Tammy Findlay and Lynell Anderson. “Does Public Reporting Measure Up? Federalism, Accountability and Child Care Policy in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration. 53 no. 3. (September 2010). pp. 417 - 438.

Lynell Anderson and Tammy Findlay. Making the Connections: Using Public Reporting to Track the Progress on Child Care Services in Canada. Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC). October 2007. Access at:

Tammy Findlay. “Getting Our Act Together: Gender, Globalization, and the State.” Socialism and Democracy. 18 no. 1 (January-June 2004). pp. 43-83.

Kimberly Earles and Tammy Findlay. Renewing Democracy: Rethinking Representation in Canada. Law Commission of Canada. July 2003.

Tammy Findlay. “Resisting ‘Tongue-Twister’ Language: In Search of a Practical Feminism.” In Community and the World: Participating in Social Change. Torry D. Dickinson, ed. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2003. pp. 129-138.

Tammy Findlay and Deborah Stienstra. "Intersectionality in Austere Times: Boundary-Crossing Conversations."  Atlantis. 38 no. 1. (June 2017). pp. 150-153.

Tammy Findlay. " Nurturing Social Movement Intersectionality: Childcare Advocacy in Canada." In Caring for Children: Social Movements and Public Policy in Canada. Rachel Langford, Susan Prentice and Patrizia Albanese, eds. Vancouver, UBC Press, 2017. pp. 208-231.

Tammy Findlay and Mary-Dan Johnston. " Who Does What in Public Services?" Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. August 31, 2017.

Tammy Findlay and Charlotte Kiddell. "Ten Reasons Why Universality is Important in Public Services." Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women. march 20, 2017.