Nicole Goodman

Associate Professor

Office: Plaza 325
905-688-5550 x3893

Degrees: BA,  MA (Guelph), PhD (Carleton)

Dr. Goodman’s recent research focuses on the effects of digital technology on Canadian political institutions and actors, with an emphasis on political behaviour and public policy. A core focus of this research is the adoption of technology in elections, on which Nicole is writing a book. She also studies political participation, public policy, Indigenous politics and local government.

Dr. Goodman recently led a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded study of the 2014 Ontario municipal elections to assess the effects of internet voting on voters and election administration in 47 municipalities. She is currently part of two multi-year SSHRC-funded research projects that are based on extensive industry, government and community partnerships to understand the impact of digital technology on Canadian cities and Indigenous communities. Findings from these projects will allow us to learn about the effects of technology on voting behaviour, citizen participation, Indigenous self-determination, changes in the efficiency and quality of government service delivery and governance more broadly. Findings from her recent research have been presented in testimony to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly (Ontario) and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and have been featured in The Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, CBC and on TVO as well as other outlets. Dr. Goodman’s work has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and Mitacs.

Goodman, Nicole. Forthcoming. “The Conditional Duty to Vote in Elections.” Electoral Studies.

Goodman, Nicole, Michael McGregor, Jérôme Couture and Sandra Breux. Forthcoming. “Another Digital Divide? Evidence that Elimination of Paper Voting Could Lead to Digital Disenfranchisement.” Policy & Internet.

Couture, Jérôme, Sandra Breux et Nicole Goodman. Forthcoming. “Le vote par Internet augmente t-il la participation l’electorale?” in Hugo Loiseau et Elena Waldispuehl Eds., Cyberespace et science politique de la méthode au terrain, du virtuel au réel. Presses de l’Université du Québec.

Goodman, Nicole. 2017. “Private Over Public: A Conservative Approach to Interest Advocacy” in Joanna Everitt and J.P. Lewis Eds., The Blueprint: Conservative parties and their impact on Canadian politics. University of Toronto Press.

Krimmer, Robert, Melanie Volkamer, Jordi Barrat, Josh Benaloh, Nicole Goodman, Peter Y. A. Ryan, and Vanessa Teague. 2017. Electronic Voting: First International Joint Conference, E-Vote-ID 2016, Bregenz, Austria, October 18-21, 2016, Proceedings, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Berlin.

Gabel, Chelsea, Karen Bird, Nicole Goodman and Brian Budd. 2017. “Digital Technology and First Nations Participation and Governance.“ Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 36/2:107-127.

Goodman, Nicole, Karen Bird and Chelsea Gabel. 2017. “Towards a More Collaborative Political Science: A Partnership Approach.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 50/1:201-218.

Breux, Sandra, Jérôme Couture, and Nicole Goodman. 2016. “Fewer Voters, Higher Stakes? The Applicability of Rational Choice for Voter Turnout in Small Quebec Municipalities.” Published in First Look at Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy: 1-20.

Goodman, Nicole and Jack Lucas. 2016. “Policy Priorities of Municipal Candidates in the 2014 Local Ontario Elections.” Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 25/2:35-47.

Gabel, Chelsea, Nicole Goodman, Bird, Karen, and Brian Budd. 2016. “What Does Internet Voting Mean for First Nations? A Case Study of Whitefish River First Nation.”  The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 7/3:Article 3.

Kamenova, Kalina and Nicole Goodman. 2015. “Public Engagement with Internet Voting in Edmonton: Design, Outcomes, and Challenges to Deliberative Models.” Journal of Public Deliberation, 11/2: Article 4.

Goodman, Nicole. 2014. “Internet Voting in a Local Election in Canada”, in Internet and Democracy in Global Perspective, Studies in Public Choice  31, Eds. Bernard Grofman, Alex Trechsel, and Mark Franklin, Springer Verlag.

Goodman, Nicole, Heather Bastedo, Lawrence LeDuc, and Jon H. Pammett. 2011. “Young Canadians in the 2008 Federal Election Campaign: Using Facebook to Probe Perceptions of Citizenship and Participation.”  Canadian Journal of Political Science, 44/4:1-23.

Goodman, Nicole. 2010. “Internet Voting in Canadian Municipalities: What Can We Learn?” CEU Political Science Journal, 5(4): 492-520.