Holly Ann Garnett

Class of 1965 Professor of Leadership

Associate Professor, Political Science & Economics, Royal Military College of Canada

Cross-appointed, Policy Studies & Political Studies, Queen's University

Honorary Research Fellow, University of East Anglia (UK)



Holly Ann Garnett is the Class of 1965 Professor of Leadership and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada. She is cross-appointed faculty at the School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and an Honourary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia.

Garnett’s research examines how electoral integrity can be strengthened throughout the electoral cycle, including the role of election management, registration and voting, cyber-security and election technologies, civic literacy, and campaign finance. Her most recent work published on these topics include Cyber-Threats to Canadian Democracy (MQUP, 2022; edited with Michael Pal) and Building Inclusive Elections (Routledge, 2020; edited with Toby S. James). She is the 2023 recipient of the Cowan Prize for Excellence in Research at the Royal Military College of Canada.

Garnett is co-director of the Electoral Integrity Project, a global network of academics and practitioners that engages in empirical research, publicly-accessible data collection, and stakeholder engagement on issues relating to election quality around the world. She is also co-investigator with the Human-Centric Cybersecurity Partnership (HC2P); co-investigator with the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem); fellow with the Queen’s Institute for Intergovernmental Relations (IIGR); and collaborator with the Investigate Journalism Foundation’s work on campaign finance in Canada.

Garnett holds a PhD in Political Science from McGill University (2017), a Master of Arts from Queen’s University (2011), and a Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University (2010). She was an Endeavour Research Fellow at The Australian National University (2017), a visiting fellow at the Åbo Akademi, Finland (2017), a visiting researcher at the University of Sydney (2014), and a Killam Fellow at Cornell University (2009).