Dr. Andrea Lawlor

Dr. Andrea Lawlor

Dr. Andrea Lawlor

Associate Professor

Office: DL240
Phone: 4540
Email: alawlor5@uwo.ca

Dr. Lawlor holds a SSHRC Insight Grant with Dr. Miranda Goode (Ivey School of Business) for their collaborative project: “Evaluating Canada’s Experience with Behavioural Insights Policies in Personal Financial Management” (2021-2024), a SSHRC Insight Development Grant with Dr. Erin Crandall for their project “Understanding Public Support of the Supreme Court of Canada” (2021-2023) and a SSHRC Insight Development Grant with Dr. Mireille Paquet and Dr. Erin Tolley for their project “Political Parties and Immigration in Canada” (2021-2023).


  • PhD  McGill University
  • MSL (Law) Western University (2018)
  • MA  University of British Columbia
  • BA (Hons)  McMaster University


  • Politics 1020: Introduction to Politics
  • Politics 2230: Introduction to Canadian Politics
  • Politics 3303: Introduction to Canadian Law
  • Politics 3309: Contemporary Social Policy in Canada
  • Politics 3324: Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science
  • Politics 3360: Politics and the Mass Media
  • Politics 4435: Canadian Public Policy
  • Politics 4486: Campaign School


Media and Politics, Canadian Public Policy, Immigration Policy, Personal Financial Management, Canadian Political Institutions

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Tracy Smith-Carrier, Sarah Benbow, Andrea Lawlor and Andrea O’Reilly. 2021. “My only solution is to work later and sleep less’: Exploring the perspectives of parenting in academia in Ontario, Canada,” Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-12-2020-0357

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2021. “Public Support for Canadian Courts: Understanding the Roles of Institutional Trust and Partisanship,” accepted at Canadian Journal of Law & Society.

Rebecca Wallace, Andrea Lawlor and Erin Tolley. 2021. “Out of an Abundance of Caution: Health Risk Narratives in Canadian News Media,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, DOI: 10.1017/S0008423921000214

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2020. “Public Opinion Toward Non-Party Campaign Spending in Canada and the United Kingdom”, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457289.2020.1824185.

Tracy Smith-Carrier, Sarah Benbow and Andrea Lawlor. 2020. “An “Opportunity” for Policy Recycling? A Critical Analysis of the Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy,” Poverty & Public Policy, 11(4): 325-343. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/pop4.265

Andrea Lawlor, Tracy Smith-Carrier and Sarah Benbow. 2019. “Reducing Delivery: The Effects of Program Recycling, An Analysis of the Poverty Reduction Strategy in Ontario, Canada,” Canadian Review of Social Policy, 78: 81-110.

Deserai Crow and Andrea Lawlor. 2018. “Risk Based Policy Narratives,” Policy Studies Journal, 46(4): 843-867. DOI: 10.1111/psj.12270

Reproduced (by invitation) for the PSJ Virtual Special Issue on COVID-19 Crisis (May 2020).

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2018. “Policy versus Practice: Third Party Behaviour in Canadian Elections,” Canadian Public Administration, 61(2): 246-265. DOI: 10.1111/capa.12266

Nathan Allen, Andrea Lawlor and Katerina Graham. 2018. “Canada’s 21st century discovery of China: Canadian media coverage of China and Japan,” Canadian Foreign Policy. https:// doi.org/10.1080/11926422.2018.1439394

Andrea Lawlor and Timothy B. Gravelle. 2018. “Framing Trans-Border Energy Transportation: The Cross-National Case of Keystone,” Environmental Politics, 24(3): 666-685 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09644016.2018.1425106

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2018. “Comparing third party policy frameworks: Regulating third party electoral finance in Canada and the United Kingdom,” Public Policy & Administration, 33(3): 332-353. DOI: 10.1177/0952076717724498

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Tolley. 2017. “Deciding What’s Legitimate: Canadian News Media Framing of Refugee Admissions and Settlement,” International Journal of Communication, 11(2): 967–991.

Erin Crandall and Andrea Lawlor. 2017. “The Politics of Judicial Appointment: Do Party Connections Impede the Appointment of Women to Canada’s Federally Appointed Courts?,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 49(2): 1-25. DOI: 10.1017/S0008423917000014

Tracy Carrier-Smith and Andrea Lawlor. 2016. “A Critical Discourse Evaluation of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy,” accepted for publication at Critical Social Policy.

Deserai Crow and Andrea Lawlor. 2016. “Media in the Policy Process,” accepted for publication at Review of Policy Research.

Erin Crandall and Andrea Lawlor. 2015. “Courting Controversy: Evaluating Canadian Parliamentary Review of Supreme Court Candidates,” Canadian Parliamentary Review, 38(4): 35-43.

Andrea Lawlor. 2015. “Getting Citizens to Save: Media Influence on Incentive-Based Policies,” Journal of Social Policy, 45(2): 201-222.

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2015. “Questioning judges with a questionable process: An analysis of committee appearances by Canadian Supreme Court nominee,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 48(2): 329-355.

Andrea Lawlor. 2015. “Framing Immigration Policy in the Canadian and British News Media,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 48(2): 329-355.

Andrea Lawlor and J.P. Lewis. 2015. “‘Expansion In Progress’: Understanding Portfolio Adoption in the Canadian Provinces, 1982-2012,” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 48(1): 29-50.

Andrea Lawlor. 2015. “Local and National Accounts of Immigration Framing in a Cross-National Perspective,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(3).

Erin Crandall and Andrea Lawlor. 2014. “Third Party Election Spending in Canada and the United Kingdom: A Comparative Analysis,” Election Law Journal, 13(4): 476-492.

Andrea Lawlor and J.P. Lewis. 2014. “Evolving structure of governments: Portfolio adoption across the Canadian provinces from 1867–2012,” Canadian Public Administration, 57(4): 589-608.

Sean Clouston, Ashton Verdery and Andrea Lawlor. 2014. “The Role of Partnership Status on Late-life Physical Function,” Canadian Journal on Ageing, 34(1): 413-425.

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2013. “Committee performance in the Senate of Canada: some sobering analysis for the chamber of ‘sober second thought’,” Comparative and Commonwealth Politics, 51(4): 1-20.

Stuart Soroka, Stephen Farnsworth, Lori Young and Andrea Lawlor. 2012. “Event-Driven Environmental News in the U.S. and Canada,” Electronic Media and Politics, 1(10): 143-157.

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2011. “Understanding third-party advertising: An analysis of the 2004, 2006 and 2008 Canadian elections,” Canadian Public Administration, 54(3): 509-529.

Book Chapters

Geneviève Chacon, Andrea Lawlor and Thierry Giasson. 2018. “Hybridity and Mobility: Media Elite Status on Political Twitter Hashtags,” in Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Andrea Lawlor, eds. Political Elites in Canada: Power and Influence in Instantaneous Times. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Andrea Lawlor. 2018. “Media and Public Policy” in Michael Howlett and Laurent Doubinskis, eds. Policy Analysis in Canada. Bristol: Policy Press. pp. 351-368.

Andrea Lawlor. 2017. “The Message Despite the Media? Conservative Parties’ Relationship with the Press,” in Joanna Everitt and J.P. Lewis, eds. The Blueprint: Conservatives and Canadian Politics, 1993-2013. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. 198-220.

Andrea Lawlor. 2017. “Media-Messaging parallelism: Gatekeeping partisan messaging during the permanent campaign,” in Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Anna Lennox Esselment, eds. Permanent Campaigning in Canada, Vancouver: UBC Press. pp. 67-86.

Andrea Lawlor. 2016/7. “Local and National Accounts of Immigration Framing in a Cross-National Perspective,” in Erik Bleich, Irene Bloemraad and Els de Graauw, eds. Migrants, Minorities, and the Media: Information, representations, and participation in the public sphere. London: Routledge.

Adam Mahon, Andrea Lawlor and Stuart Soroka. 2014. “The Mass Media and Welfare Policy Framing: A Study in Policy Definition,” in Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Tamara Small, eds. Political Communication in Canada: Meet the Press and Tweet the Rest. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press. pp. 160-178.

Andrea Lawlor and Frédérick Bastien. 2013. “La couverture de la campagne par la presse écrit,” in Éric Bélanger, Frédérick Bastien, François Gélineau, eds. Les Québécois aux urnes. Les partis, les médias et les citoyens en campagne. Montreal: Université de Montréal Presse. pp. 109-122.

Andrea Lawlor and Eric Bélanger. 2013. “The ADQ-Conservative Alliance and the Emergence of an électorat bleu in Québec,” in David Rayside and James Farney, eds. Conservatism in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, pp. 392-416.

Stuart Soroka, Andrea Lawlor, Stephen Farnsworth and Lori Young. 2012. “Mass Media and Policymaking,” in Wu Xun, M. Ramesh, Michael Howlett, Scott Fritzen & Eduardo Araral, eds. Routledge Handbook of Public Policy. London: Routledge. pp. 204-214.

Other Contributions

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2016. “Canada and the UK can learn from one another in how to regulate money in politics,” London School of Economics, US Centre, November 2017. http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/usappblog/2017/11/02/canada-and-the-uk-can-learn-from-one-another-in-how-to-regulate-money-in-politics/

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2016. “When more isn’t better: Regulation of third parties in Ontario elections,” Policy Options, July 2016.

Anna Esselement, Thierry Giasson, Andrea Lawlor, Alex Marland and Tamara Small. 2015. “Editors’ Remarks: Recapping the 2015 Federal Election,” Samara Special Issue on the 2015 Federal Election. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2015. “Third Parties in the 2015 Federal Election: Partying like its 1988?,” Samara Special Issue on the 2015 Federal Election. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Thomas M.J. Bateman and Andrea Lawlor. 2015. “Constitutional Issues in the 2015 Federal Election,” Samara Special Issue on the 2015 Federal Election. Vancouver: UBC Press.

Andrea Lawlor and Erin Crandall. 2015. “More money, more problems: Canadians should be aware of the impact of third parties on the federal campaign,” Policy Options, September 2015.