Dr Katrine Beauregard joined the School of Politics and International Relations in January 2015. Her work focuses on comparative political behaviour and the factors that explain differences among citizens and countries. After completing a master thesis at Université de Montréal on gender differences in political interest among teenagers, she moved to Calgary to pursue a Ph.D. in political science. Her dissertation investigated how political institutions can provide incentives and barriers that affect citizens' political participation differently according to their gender. Part of this dissertation has been published in the European Journal of Political Research in an article that demonstrates that electoral systems play an important role in understanding gender gaps in political participation. Dr Beauregard's current projects focus on extending her dissertation work on the effects of political institutions on political behaviour by investigating how institutions can be used to include marginalized groups in the political process.