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 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 Political Analysis, International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, Latin American Research Review, Latin American Politics & Society, 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, including LGBT rights. Professor Dion’s research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (Canada), the US Social Security Administration, the García Robles-Fulbright Program, and the Social Science Research Council (New York, US).

Dr. Michelle Dion has extensive experience teaching introductory graduate-level quantitative research methods to students from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and levels of preparation. She has taught in the ICPSR Summer Program since 2015. At McMaster University, she teaches graduate quantitative methods for political and public policy analysis, and has taught similar courses previously in Spanish at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE, Mexico City, Mexico) and at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA). Professor Dion is also active in Visions in Methodology (VIM, visionsinmethology.org), an organization that seeks to support women engaged in the quantitative study of politics.