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Professor Melissa Haussman

Carleton University

Melissa Haussman is a Professor of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.  She has authored two books,  Reproductive Rights and the State:  Getting the Birth Control, RU-486 and Morning-After Pills and the Gardasil Vaccine to the US Market (Praeger, 2013), and Abortion Politics in North America (Lynne Rienner, 2005).  She has co-edited two books, including Federalism, Feminism and Multi-level Governance with Marian Sawer and Jill Vickers (Ashgate, 2010), and a book in the Research Network on Gender and the State (RNGS) series with Birgit Sauer, Gendering the State in the Age of Globalization (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007).  She co-authored, with Charles Hauss, Comparative Politics:  Domestic Responses to Global Challenges (Cengage, 2012).  In her 2013 book, Melissa combined the historical-institutionalist theories of Streeck, Thelen and Hacker with feminist instititutionalism as conceptualized by Krook and Mackay, eds., 2010, and discursive feminist institutionalism as conceptualized by Lombardo, Meier and Verloo, eds., 2012 to explain the overlapping intransigence on the part of the FDA and US pharma concerning women’s reproductive drugs.

Melissa convened the Canadian Politics Affiliated Group in APSA in 2003 and helped it become a Division.  She has held office in the American and International Political Science Assocations and the Association for Canadian Studies in the US.  She is currently co-editor, with Oriana Palusci, University of Naples, Italy, of the International Journal of Canadian Studies and is a member of the Editorial Board of the APSA Politics and Gender Journal. She has also served on the editorial boards of the International Political Science Review and PS.

Her research interests have always been based upon her fascination with comparing the US and Canadian political systems, particularly focusing upon the contingent nature of federalism in the two countries (and in Mexico).  Her publication expertise is in the area of comparative reproductive rights and future projects include comparisons of the US health-care framework under the ACA and the Canadian health-care framework.  In general, her teaching and research interests have focused upon getting to know, and teaching her students, why understanding the differences between the US and Canada matter for women’s representation and policy formulation.



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