Political Science at UWindsor

Dr. Emmanuelle Richez

Dr. Emmanuelle Richez

Associate Professor

Adjunct Professor
(Faculty of Law)

Email: emmanuelle.richez@uwindsor.ca
Twitter: @emmarichez
Phone: 519-253-3000 ext 2395
Office: Chrysler Hall North 1144

Dr. Richez is Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Windsor. She serves as a member of the Official Languages Rights Expert Panel of the Court Challenges Program of Canada. Prior to joining the Department, Dr. Richez held a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société culture postdoctoral fellowship at Concordia University, as well as an Australian Endeavour Research Fellowship at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. She also has hands-on political experience serving in various roles at the Québec National Assembly and at the Canadian House of Commons. She holds a Ph.D in Political Science from McGill University, as well as a master’s degree from Université Laval and a B.A. from the University of Ottawa in the same discipline.

Dr. Emmanuelle Richez’s research examines law and politics in Canada and other advanced liberal democracies, with a particular focus on ethno-cultural minority rights. Her doctoral dissertation measured the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on cultural rights and policies, notably in the areas of Multiculturalism, language, and Indigenous affairs. It received the Joseph and Sandra Rotman Prize for having made a distinctive contribution to the understanding and conduct of public policy in Canada.

Dr. Richez is currently involved in several research initiatives. She is conducting a comparative analysis of the effects of bills of rights on Indigenous Peoples in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Her other research projects pertain to judicial decision-making at the Supreme Court of Canada, Canada's compliance with international law and the bilingualism of Canadian legislators online. Finally, she is collaborating with international partners on a study of the uses of social media, by the #IdleNoMore movement, for political communication and organization. Dr. Richez has recently been awarded SSHRC funding for this research.

  • POLS 1000  Intro to Canadian Government and Politics
  • POLS 2045  Issues in Québec Politics (en français)
  • POLS 2140  Legal Process in Canada
  • POLS 3140  Constitutional Law and Politics in Canada
  • POLS 4110  Canadian Politics: Participation and Process
  • POLS 8000  Scope & Approaches to Political Science
  • POLS 8210  Canadian Politics: Participation and Process


  • Allsop, Corinne; Richez, Emmanuelle, Representational Commissions and Policy-making on Indigenous and Women’ Issues: A Case-study of the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party, Canadian Public Administration, 64(1), Forthcoming 2021.
  • Chouinard, Stéphanie; Richez, Emmanuelle, The Tension Between Freedom of Expression and Language Rights in Canada: The Ford and Devine Legacy after Thirty Years, Forthcoming, Dilemmas of Freedom of Expression, Editor - MacFarlane, Emmett, University of Toronto Press.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle ; Weidl, Émilie, Unité canadienne et justice linguistique : Rétrospective sur le bilinguisme officiel à la Trudeau, 383-408, 2020, Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s Intellectual, Political and Constitutional Legacy, Editors - Karazivan, Noura; Leclair, Jean, Lexis nexis. — Reprinted. Unité canadienne et justice linguistique : Rétrospective sur le bilinguisme officiel à la Trudeau, Supreme Court Law Review Second Series 99, 382-408, 2020.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Raynauld, Vincent; Wojcik, Stéphanie, Special issue titled "Les groupes minoritaires et/ou marginalisés à l'ère numérique : pratiques de mobilisation, changements socio-politiques et transformations identitaires" in Terminal: Technologie de l'information, culture & société 2020.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Raynauld, Vincent; Agi, Abunya; Kartolo, Arief B., Unpacking the Political Effects of Social Movements with a Strong Digital Component: The Case of #IdleNoMore in Canada, Social Media + Society, 2020, Special issue on Marginality and Social Media, edited by Katy Pearce, Brooke Foucault-Welles, and Amy Gonzales.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Pandya, Tejas, How to Preserve, to Protect, and to Revitalise Indigenous Languages in Canada: A Consequential Multinational Approach to Federalism In Tremblay, Arjun; Gagnon, Alain-G., Federalism and National Diversity in the 21st Century, Palgrave MacMillan, 2020, Series on Federalism and Internal Conflict.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Raynauld, Vincent, Dynamics of Digital Constituent Outreach and Engagement in Linguistically Divided Societies: A Quantitative Look at the Canadian Case, International Journal of Medial and Cultural Politics, 15(3), 261-281, 2019.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Crandall, Erin, Judicial Discretion as Political Choice: The Supreme Court of Canada’s Cost Awarding Power, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Forthcoming.
  • Raynauld, Vincent; Richez, Emmanuelle; Boudreau Morris, Katie, Canada is #IdleNoMore: exploring dynamics of Indigenous political and civic protest in the Twitterverse, Information, Communication & Society 21(4): 626-42, 2018.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle, The Possibilities and Limits of Provincial Constitution-Making Power: The Case of Quebec,, 2016, Constitutional Amendment in Canada, Editor - MacFarlane, Emmett, University of Toronto Press. - Translated and reprinted.  Cinquante déclinaisons du fédéralisme: théories, enjeux et études de cas, 535-548, 2020, Editors Mathieu; Félix; Guénette, Dave Guénette; Gagnon, Alain-G, Les Presses de l'Université du Québec.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle, Losing Relevance: Quebec and the Constitutional Politics of Language, Osgoode Law Journal, 52(1), 191-233, 2015.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Manfredi, Christopher, P., Citizenship and the Canadian Charter, Migration-Regionalisation-Citizenship: Canada and Europe in a Comparative Perspective, 127-150, 2015, Editor(s) - Sarkowsky, Katja; Schultze, Rainer-Olaf; Schwarze, Sabine, Springer.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle, Rights-based Judicial Review and Substantive Equality for Aboriginal Peoples: The Case of Canada, Australian Indigenous Law Review, 17(2), 26-46, 2014.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle, Francophone Minority Communities: The Last Constitutional Standard Bearers of Trudeau's Language Regime, International Journal of Canadian Studies, 45-46: 35-53, 2012.
  • Richez, Emmanuelle; Bodet, Marc André, Fear and Disappointment: Explaining the Persistence of Support for Quebec Secession, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, 22(1), 77-93, 2012.
  • Hausegger, Lori; Hennigar, Matthew; Riddell, Troy; Richez, Emmanuelle, Exploring the Links Between Party and Appointment: Canadian Federal Judicial Appointments from 1989 to 2003, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 43(3), 633-659, 2010.