Siobhan Byrne

Assistant Professor

Siobhan Byrne is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Peace and Post Conflict Studies Certificate at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her primary areas of research include feminist anti-war activism and peacebuilding in societies in transition from conflict. Presently, she is the principal investigator for two SSHRC-funded research projects. In the first project, Byrne is working with Allison McCulloch to develop a feminist theory of power-sharing that brings together consociational approaches to conflict resolution and the UN-led 'women, peace and security' agenda. For the second project, she is completing a manuscript that explores the relationship between identity politics and solidarity in local and transnational feminist peace movements in Israel/Palestine and Northern Ireland. For further information about her research, please visit:


Allison McCulloch

Associate Professor

Allison McCulloch is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Brandon University, Canada. McCulloch’s research is focused on the politics of deeply divided societies, particularly the design of power-sharing institutions. She has written on the consociationalism-centripetalism debate, the relationship between deliberative democracy and power-sharing, and on the gender dynamics of power-sharing pacts. She is the author of Power-Sharing and Political Stability in Deeply Divided Societies (Routledge, 2014) and is presently co-editing Power Sharing: Empirical and Normative Challenges, with John McGarry (Routledge, forthcoming). Along with Siobhan Byrne, she is a co-investigator on a 4-year grant sponsored by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada that considers the impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on power-sharing arrangements, and which develops a feminist theory of power-sharing. She is also the principal investigator on a SSHRC Insight Development grant that examines the normative and instrumental reasons why external mediators recommend power-sharing agreements.  For further information about her research, please see:


Leigh Spanner

Ph.D. Candidate

Leigh Spanner is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Her research investigates the relationship between contemporary Canadian military families and gender. Specifically Spanner is interrogating the ways the military’s reliance on the traditional family is being upheld and/or destabilized in various places, such as government policy and social media platforms. Spanner currently assists in research on Byrne and McCulloch’s SSHRC funded project. For more information please email:


Kyle Burdy


Kyle Burdy is an Undergraduate Student in the Political Science and Gender and Women’s Studies Departments at Brandon University.  Kyle is also a Graphic and Web Designer/Photographer and utilizes his creative skills through activism in various campaigns such as: Consent Culture and Yes Means Yes! 
He has also been an active member of the Politics Society for three years.


Elisa Carbonaro


Elisa Carbonaro is currently wrapping up her Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta, Canada. Her undergraduate research focused on intersections of technology, gender, and transnational activism. Moving forward, she is particularly interested in studying how technology shapes global activism, apathy, and political participation through a feminist framework. Set to complete her degree in December 2016, Carbonaro is currently applying for graduate school so she can continue on with her research interests.