Associate Professor, Sociology
PhD (Wisconsin-Madison), MA (Alberta), BA (Alberta)
6-394, City Centre Campus10700 – 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB780-633-3243
Dr. Shelley Boulianne pursues several streams of research related to engagement in civic and political life. First, she studies the impact of digital media on democratic practices. She has published two meta-analysis pieces on this topic, a literature synthesis and two studies using longitudinal data and experiments to examine the effects of news media on political interest, political talk, signing petitions, boycotting, and voting. A second stream of research involves studying citizens' engagement in deliberative events. This research explores who participates in these types of events and how participation in these events affects citizens' sense of political trust, political efficacy, policy preferences, civic skills, and future engagement in civic and political life. A final stream of research examines generational shifts in community attachment and social capital and its impact on patterns of civic and political engagement.
Dr. Boulianne is also interested in understanding why people participate in public opinion surveys and how this participation can be increased. She has studied the effects of incentives, sponsorship, and reminders in increasing response rates to web surveys. This research has been published in several peer-reviewed articles.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
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Boulianne, S. (2016). Campaigns and conflict on social media: A literature snapshot. Online Information Review, 40(5), 1-25. doi: 10.1108/OIR-03-2016-0086
Boulianne, S. (2016). Online news, civic awareness, and engagement in civic and political life. New Media & Society, 18(9), 1840-1856. doi: 10.1177/1461444815616222
Boulianne, S. (2015). Social media use and participation: A meta-analysis of current research. Information, Communication, and Society, 18(5), 524-538. doi: 10.1080/1369118X.2015.1008542
Boulianne, S. (2015). Generating political interest with online news, in L. Robinson, S. R. Cotten, J. Schulz (Eds.) Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Volume 9) (pp. 53-76) Emerald Group Publishing Limited. doi: 10.1108/S2050-206020150000009003
Boulianne, S. & Brailey, M. (2014). Attachment to community and civic and political engagement: A case study of students. Canadian Review of Sociology, 51(4), 375-388. doi: 10.1111/cars.12052
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