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Kate Puddister

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Guelph

Research interests: law and politics, Canadian politics and criminal justice policy.


TVO: The Agenda with Steve Paikin

NEWS 957 Halifax, March 19, 2018Radio/Podcast

Radio interview on Mr. Big undercover police operations on the Sheldon MacLeod Show

Mr. Big Sting Didn't Obtain Confession

Winnipeg Free Press, March 16, 2018Print


Interviewed for and quoted in article on Mr. Big sting in the R v. Cormier case

Police Investigation in Tina Fontaine's Murder: Rethinking the Mr. Big Method

The Conversation, March 13, 2018Online


Op-Ed on the police investigation into the death of Tina Fontaine, with a discussion of the use of the Mr. Big undercover investigative technique. This piece also appeared in the National Post and The Tyee.

Who's in Charge of Mr. Big?

Published by National Post

August 5, 2014

Op-ed., with Troy Riddell

With or Without You: The Conservatives and Quebec

Published by University of Toronto Press

Chapter in: The Blueprint: Conservative Parties and Their Impact on Canadian Politics, edited by Joanna Everitt and JP Lewis.

The RCMP’s ‘Mr. Big’ Undercover Investigation Technique: A Case Study of Police Independence, Accountability and Oversight

Published by Canadian Journal of Public Administration

with Troy Riddell.

The Most Radical Amendment of All: the Power to Secede and the Secession Reference

Published by University of Toronto Press

chapter in: "Constitutional Amendment in Canada," edited by Emmett Macfarlane.

Judicialization of (Past) Politics: The Cameron Inquiry and the Green Commission

Published by McGill-Queens University Press

with James B. Kelly, in: "First Among Unequals: The Premier, Politics and Policy in Newfoundland and Labrador," edited by Alex Marland and Mathew Kerby

If Michael Brown Was Shot in Canada

Published by Metro News

November 26, 2014


I recently completed a PhD in Political Science at McGill University. I have also completed a MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of Guelph and BA honours in Criminal Justice and Public Policy also at the University of Guelph. My doctoral dissertation undertook a comprehensive analysis of the Canadian reference power under the direction of Dr. Christopher Manfredi. This work seeks to understand how political actors rely on the courts to deal with divisive matters and how judicial review can be part of political strategy. This work is the subject of my book "Seeking the Courts Advice" which is currently under advance contract with UBC Press. I am also interested in a variety of topics that relate to judicial politics and Canadian constitutionalism. My other work looks at criminal justice policy. I have completed a study on the RCMP's Mr. Big undercover investigative technique as a case study in police accountability and independence. I have now begun work on sentencing policy in Canada, with a focus on mandatory minimum sentences, section 12 of the Charter, and penal law.


  • Sentencing Policy
  • Policing Policy
  • Law and Politics
  • Judicial Politics
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Constitutional Politics
  • Canadian Politics


  • University of Guelph
    Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy
    M.A., 2010

    Thesis: The RCMP's Mr Big: An Independence and Accountability Case Study

  • University of Guelph
    Criminal Justice and Public Policy
    B.A. H., 2008
  • McGill University
    Political Science
    Ph.D., 2015

    Dissertation: Inviting Judicial Review: A Comprehensive Analysis of Canadian Reference Cases