Dr. Kate Graham

Political Scientist, University of Western Ontario

Politics, Diversity and politics, Women and politics, Young people and politics, Democracy, Cities, Local government, Mayors, Leadership


TVO's The Agenda: Time to Redraw the Regions?

Since the mid-1970s, many parts of Ontario have had two tier local governance structures: upper regional councils, more local-focused lower tiers, each with different responsibilities. The Agenda discusses the provincial government's recently launched review to see whether realignments, amalgamations, or something else might be in order.

TVO's The Agenda: No Second Chances

Kathleen Wynne, former Ontario premier, and Alison Redford, former Alberta premier, along with Kate Graham, a former Ontario Liberal candidate who is studying the careers of women in Canadian politics, talk to Steve Paikin about the role women play in governments and why it's so difficult for them to ascend to power, and stay there.

No Second Chances Episode 1: The Problem

Canada 2020___, March 17, 2019Radio/Podcast

URL: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/part-1-the-problem/id1454431581?i=1000432165660

In this episode, host Kate Graham looks at the experiences of women in politics - then and now. To set the scene, she speaks with: veteran journalists Robert Fife and Susan Delacourt, former federal Conservative Party interim leader Rona Ambrose, current Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and University of Toronto Professor Dr. Sylvia Bashevkin.

Why has Canada had so few female first ministers?


Dr. Kate Graham researches, writes, teaches, and speaks on politics in Canada. She has a PhD from Western University, and teaches in the Political Science Departments at Western University, King's University College and Huron University College. She is also a Senior Fellow at Canada 2020, leading the NoSecondChances.ca project on women in Canada's most senior political roles. She also has 10 years experience as a public servant, most recently as the Director, Community & Economic Innovation at the City of London. Graham ran as a candidate in the 2018 Ontario general election.


  • Politics
  • Diversity and politics
  • Women and politics
  • Young people and politics
  • Democracy
  • Cities
  • Local government
  • Mayors
  • Leadership


  • University of Western Ontario
    Local Government
    Masters of Public Administration, 2008
  • University of Western Ontario
    Political Science
    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 2018