Shelley Boulianne

Associate Professor, Sociology

PhD (Wisconsin-Madison), MA (Alberta), BA (Alberta)

6-394, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Shelley Boulianne studies citizens' engagement in civic and political life. She has published several meta-analysis projects and systematic reviews about the role of digital media in political participation. Her research has since expanded to understand a variety of factors that influence patterns of civic and political participation. She is interested in citizens' participation in boycotts, petitions, marches and demonstrations, public consultation exercises, and political talk.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Survey methodology, mass communication (Internet; social media), political sociology (political communication; political behaviour; civic engagement), youth, gender, climate change

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Social Survey Methods
  • Politics and Social Change
  • Introduction to Social Statistics (now SOCI 310)
  • Introduction to Social Research Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Boulianne, S., Koc-Michalska, K., & Bimber, B. (2020). Right-wing populism, social media and echo chambers in western democracies. New Media & Society, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/1461444819893983

Boulianne, S., Koc-Michalska, K., & Bimber, B. (2020). Mobilizing media: Comparing TV and social media effects on protest mobilization. Information, Communication & Society, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2020.1713847

Boulianne, S., Chen, K., & Kahane, D. (2020). Mobilizing mini-publics: The impact of deliberation on civic engagement. Politics, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/0263395720902982

Boulianne, S. & Theocharis, Y. (2020). Young people, digital media and engagement: A meta-analysis of research. Social Science Computer Review, 38(2), 111-127. doi: 10.1177/0894439318814190

Copeland, L. & Boulianne, S. (2020). Political consumerism: A meta-analysis. International Political Science Review, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/0192512120905048

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant (2019-2023)

Boards / Committees

  • New Media & Society, editorial board
  • Social Science Computer Review, editorial board
  • Journal of Information Technology & Politics, editorial board