Amanda Bittner is an Associate Professor of political science at Memorial University. She obtained her MA and PhD at the University of British Columbia, and her BA at the University of Toronto. A comparativist, her primary research interests include elections, voting, and public opinion. She has published a number of books and articles, including Platform or Personality? Understanding the Role of Leaders in Elections (2011, OUP) and Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics (2013, UBC Press).