Kate Puddister

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x52424
MCKN 510
Education (doctoral degree): 
McGill University, Political Science

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Kate Puddister is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph and she contributes to the Criminal Justice and Public Policy  (CJPP) and the Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy (CCJP) programs.

Her research interests focus on two broad areas of inquiry: (1) law and politics, and (2) criminal justice and criminal justice policy. A common theme in Kate’s work is a focus on the interaction between political actors and the judiciary, and the judicialization of politics.

Kate recently completed a comprehensive study of the Canadian reference power, which considers the political benefits of empowering courts. She has also published work on criminal justice policy and police oversight, including a focus on the Mr. Big undercover police investigation technique.

Kate has contributed expert analysis to multiple media outlets including radio, television, and print.

  • Puddister, Kate. 2019. Seeking the Court’s Advice: The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power. UBC Press.
  • Puddister, Kate. 2019. “The Canadian Reference Power: Delegation to the Courts and the Navigation of Federalism.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 49(4): 561-586
  • Small, Tamara A. and Kate Puddister. 2020. “Play-by-Play Justice: Tweeting Criminal Trials in the Digital Age,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society 35(1): 1-22
  • Puddister, Kate and Tamara A. Small. 2019. “Navigating the Principle of Open Court in the Digital Age: The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same,” Canadian Public Administration 62(2): 202-224
  • Kelly, James B. and Kate Puddister. 2017. “Criminal Justice Policy During the Harper Era: Private Members’ Bills, Penal Populism, and the Criminal Code of Canada,” Canadian Journal of Law and Society 32(3): 391-415
  • Puddister, Kate. 2020. “A Question They Can’t Refuse? Judicial Independence and the Power to Refuse Reference Questions.” Canadian Political Science Review. Forthcoming.
  • Mattan, Andrew, Kate Puddister and Tamara Small. 2020. “Tweet Justice: The Canadian Court’s Use of Social Media.” American Review of Canadian Studies. Forthcoming.
  • Puddister, Kate and Tamara A. Small. 2020. “Trial by Zoom? The Response to COVID-19 By Canada’s Courts,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming.