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Kate Puddister is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph, and she contributes to the Political Science, Criminal Justice and Public Policy (CCJP), Justice and Legal Studies (JLS) programs.
Dr. Puddister’s research and teaching focus on law and politics, criminal justice policy and Canadian politics. She is the author of Seeking the Court’s Advice: The Politics of the Canadian Reference Power (UBC Press, 2019) and the co-editor of Constitutional Crossroads: Contemplations on Charter Rights, Reconciliation and Constitutional Change (UBC Press, 2022). Kate’s work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Law and Society, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Revue Général de Droit, among others. Kate’s recent and ongoing research examines the principle of open court in the digital age (with Dr. Tamara A. Small), sentencing policy, and police oversight in Canada.
Dr. Puddister holds a B.A. (honours) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy from the University of Guelph, an M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University.
- 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.