Michelle Dion

McMaster University


Michelle Dion is an Associate Professor of Political Science at McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). She earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. Professor Dion is the author of Workers and Welfare: Comparative Institutional Change in Twentieth-Century Mexico (Pittsburgh Latin American Series, 2010) and articles published in International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Journal of Latin American Studies, Social Policy and Administration, and Social Politics, among others. Her research addresses the ways in which economic and political processes produce different social policy outcomes in the developing world, particularly in Latin America. She has also published work related to the gendered outcomes of public policy and cross-national public opinion on policy issues. Professor Dion's research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the Social Security Administration (through Boston College, MA), the García Robles-Fulbright Program, and the Social Science Research Council (New York, US).

For more than a decade, Professor Dion has taught graduate-level introductory quantitative research methods. At McMaster, she teaches quantitative methods for public policy analysis. She taught similar courses previously in Spanish at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico) and in the School for International Affairs at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA), where students recognized her with an award for student mentoring. Professor Dion has also been active in Visions in Methodology (VIM, visionsinmethology.org), which seeks to support women engaged in the quantitative study of politics, and she hosted the 2014 VIM meeting at McMaster University.