Department of Political Science
414 Leacock Building
855 Sherbrooke west
Montreal QC H3A 2T7
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Darin Barney is Canada Research Chair in Technology & Citizenship and Associate Professor of Communication Studies at McGill University. His research concerns the relationship between technology and politics. His publications include Communication Technology: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC: 2005); The Network Society (Polity: 2004); and Prometheus Wired: The Hope for Democracy in the Age of Network Technology (UBC/Chicago: 2000).
Frédérick Bastien is assistant professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Université Laval. His main research interests include electoral communication, infotainment, opinion polls, television news and Internet uses by political parties. His work currently focuses on trends in media coverage of election campaigns in Canada, election poll media reports, comparative analysis of Internet uses by parties, Québec MP’s media behavior and attitudes, and trends in television programs on French-language Québec television.
Antoine Bilodeau is associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Concordia University. He is also leader for Domain 1 (Citizenship and Social, Cultural and Civic Integration) for the Quebec Metropolis Centre. Professor Bilodeau’ research interests focus on the political integration of immigrants and on racial tolerance and inter-ethnic cohabitation.
André Blais is professor in the department of political science at the Université de Montréal. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a past president of the Canadian Political Science Association. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies. His research interests are elections, electoral systems, turnout, public opinion, and methodology.
Éric Bélanger is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. His research interests include political parties, public opinion, voting behaviour, as well as Canadian and Quebec Politics. His current work focuses mainly on an examination of Quebec voting behaviour in recent provincial elections.
|Marc André Bodet|
Marc André Bodet (McGill Ph.D. 2010) is an assistant professor in political science at Laval University. His fields of study are electoral politics, party politics, budgetary politics, and quantitative analysis in social sciences. His areas of expertise are affluent parliamentary democracies, with a focus on Canadian politics at the provincial and national levels.
Jean Crête (DPhil. Oxon) is professor of political science at Université Laval. His research interests include the study of political behaviour, public policy and methodology. His current agenda focuses on the utilization of the Web as a tool to conduct opinion polls and to collect information on electoral behaviour, on voluntarism as a way to conduct public policy and on textual analysis as a measuring tool in the field of public policy.
Claire Durand is professor in the Department of Sociology, Université de Montréal. Her research interests focus on various aspects of survey methodology including the impact of methodological features on the quality of estimates, interviewers’ work and training, the role of polls in society and attitudes towards surveys. Her current research aims to identify why, in some electoral campaigns, most or all of the polls sometimes err in the same direction. Claire Durand is secretary-treasurer of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (Wapor) and vice-president at large of RC33 (Logic and Methodology) of the International Sociological Association.
Benjamin Forest is an Associate Professor of Geography at McGill University. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA in 1997, and before coming to McGill, he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire from 1998 to 2006. His current research projects include the impacts of GIS technology on political representation (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada), the role of racial segregation in public policy in the United States, and the symbolic politics of national identity in the post-Communist world.
Patrick Fournier is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He is co-investigator of the Canadian Election Study for the 2004, 2006 and 2008 elections. His research interests include political behaviour, political psychology, citizen competence, opinion change, and survey methodology.
François Gélineau is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval. François’ teaching and research interests include elections and voting behaviour, democracy and democratization, comparative political economy, and methods. His current research endeavours explore different dimensions of electoral accountability in Latin America.
Thierry Giasson is Assistant Professor in the Information and Communication Department at Université Laval, in Québec City. Dr. Giasson is the lead investigator of the Research Lab on Political Communication (GRCP) and a research associate in the Institut Technologies de l’Information et Société at the same institution. His research focuses on new civic forms of political communication, on media coverage of cultural diversity issues in Québec, and on the effects of political communication and marketing practices on electoral campaigns, political participation and civic engagement in Québec and Canada.
Elisabeth Gidengil is Hiram Mills Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. Her research focuses on voting behaviour and political engagement, with particular interests in gender and diversity. She has been a member of the Canadian Election Study team since 1992 and is principal investigator for the 2008 Canadian Election Study.
Jean-François Godbout is Associate Professor in the Department of political science at the Université de Montréal. Godbout's research is primarily focused on Canadian and American political institutions. He is currently studying legislative voting in the Canadian House of Commons. You can read more about Godbout's work on the following web site.
Allison Harell is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She completed her PhD in 2008 at McGill University, after which she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Canadian Opinion Research Archive. Her research focuses generally on political behaviour and public opinion, and in particular on questions of political socialization, ethnic and racial diversity and gender. She is currently a collaborator on the Canadian Election Study.
Dr. Mebs Kanji's SSHRC- and FQRSC-funded research examines value diversity between different value communities in Canada and across other advanced industrial states. His current research centres on investigating the relationship between value diversity, social cohesion and political support. Some of his most recent findings reveal an expanding generational value divide that may have significant implications for the welfare state and democratic governance. Another set of findings demonstrate a link between value diversity across different Canadian communities and variations in support for electoral reform. Preliminary results from a broader cross-national project suggest that value diversity between different EU member states may have important implications for support for further European integration.
Louis Massicotte is Chairholder of the Research Chair on Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions at Laval University in Québec. His most recent books are Le Parlement du Québec de 1867 à aujourd'hui (Québec, PUL, 2009) and Establishing the Rules of the Game: Election Laws in Democracies (Toronto, 2004) written with André Blais and Antoine Yoshinaka. He taught at the Université de Montréal (1992-2006) and was visiting professor at American University (Washington DC), Lille (France) and Beijing.
Henry Milner is a researcher and adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Montreal and Visiting Professor at Umeå University in Sweden, and at the Institute for Research in Public Policy (IRPP). His primary research interest is the relationship between political knowledge and political participation, which is the subject of his 2002 book, Civic Literacy: How Informed Citizens Make Democracy Work, and his soon-to-be-published The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts (both from the University Press of New England). In 2004-2005 he held the Chair in Canadian Studies at the Sorbonne; in 2005-2006, he was Canada-US Fulbright Chair, at SUNY Plattsburgh. He has also been a visiting professor or researcher at universities in Finland, Australia and New Zealand. He is coordinator of the Civic Education Database Project based at IDEA in Stockholm, and member of the International Advisory Committee of Democracy: A Citizen Perspective, an Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence at Abo Academy in Finland. He is also co-publisher of Inroads, the Canadian journal of opinion and policy.
Richard Nadeau has an M.A. (1981) in Economics and a Ph.D. (1988) in Political Science from the Université de Montréal. As a specialist in electoral behaviour, public opinion, and political communication, he has published over one hundred articles on these topics in the most well-regarded journals of his discipline, such as the Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Public Opinion Quarterly, Electoral Studies, and Political Communication. As co-founder of the Political Communication programme at the Université de Montréal and thanks to the support of the FQRSC and SSHRC, Richard Nadeau is currently pursuing projects related to the spread of political information and on the creation of a new theory of framing in the context of electoral campaigns.
François Pétry is professor in the department of political science at Laval University where he heads the Centre for the Analysis of Public Policy. He is the president of the Quebec Political Science Association for 2009-2010. His research and his teaching focus on public policy, polls and public opinion, and methodology. He is also principal investigator for the Poltext project on the textual analysis of political documents. His most recent publications are Les sondages et la démocrate 2nd edition, co-authored with Vincent Lemieux (2010) and le Guide pratique d’introduction à la régression en sciences sociales 2nd edition, co-authored with François Gélineau (2009). He has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as European Journal of Political Research, The Journal of Politics, Political Communication and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
Sven-Oliver Proksch is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science in 2008 from the University of California in Los Angeles. From 2008 to 2013, Sven-Oliver Proksch was a Research Fellow at the University of Mannheim in Germany. His research focuses on comparative political institutions, party politics, legislative behaviour and speeches, European politics, and political text analysis. His articles have appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, European Union Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.
Stuart Soroka is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. He is also Adjunct Professor and Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive at the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University, Kingston. Dr. Soroka's research focuses on the links between public preferences and public policy, and on the sources of public preferences for policy.
Dietlind Stolle is Associate Professor in Political Science at McGill University, Montréal, Canada. She conducts research and has published on voluntary associations, trust, institutional foundations of social capital, ethnic-racial diversity and its consequences on social cohesion, and various forms of political participation. She is also the co-principal investigator of the unique longitudinal Comparative Youth Survey (CYS) as well as associate director of the US Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy (CID) survey. Stolle has also co-edited a book on social capital and one on political consumerism. She was guest professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and the NCCR at the University of Zürich.
Irene Bloemraad is Associate Professor, Sociology and the Thomas Garden Barnes Chair of Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is also a Scholar with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. A proud product of the Saskatoon public schools, she received a B.A. (Political Science) and M.A. (Sociology) from McGill University, and her Ph.D. (Sociology) from Harvard University.
Bloemraad’s work examines the intersection of immigration and politics, with emphasis on citizenship, immigrants’ political and civic participation, and multiculturalism. Her research has appeared in numerous journals spanning the fields of sociology, political science, history and ethnic/ migration studies. She has authored or co-edited three books: Rallying for Immigrant Rights (2011), Civic Hopes and Political Realities (2008) and Becoming a Citizen: Incorporating Immigrants and Refugees in the United States and Canada (2006), which won an honorable mention for the best book published in the previous two years from the American Sociological Association’s International Migration section.
Professor Bloemraad believes that excellence in research and teaching go hand-in-hand. In 2012, she was honored with the campus’s Distinguished Teaching Award in Social Sciences and in 2008 she received the Sarlo Distinguished Mentoring Award for her work with graduate students. In addition, Bloemraad speaks regularly about immigration to audiences outside academia, lecturing to all ages, from 4th grade classrooms to concerned citizens in retirement communities.
Michael Herron is Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, and much of his current research focuses on election irregularities and patterns in electoral participation. He holds a PhD from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, an MS in Statistics from Stanford University, and a BS in Mathematics and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University. Herron taught previously at Northwestern University and has visited at Harvard University, the University of Rochester, and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. In the aftermath of the 2012 General Election Herron is interested in assessing whether recent changes in Florida voting laws affected early voting patterns in the state. He is also studying patterns in rejected absentee ballots with an eye toward determining whether absentee ballot rejection rates vary across Florida, holding fixed voter characteristics.
|Marina Costa Lobo|
Marina Costa Lobo, D.Phil, Oxford University (2001) is a researcher in political science at the Institute of Social Sciences in the University of Lisbon, and a guest lecturer in political science at IUL. She is co-director of the Portuguese Election studies since 2001. She has focussed her research on electoral behaviour in Portugal from a comparative perspective, as well as semi-presidentialism. In the field of electoral research she has published on leader effects as well as economic voting. She is co-editor of the book Portugal at the Polls" (Lexington Press
Rose McDermott is Professor of Political Science at Brown University. A 2008-2009 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, McDermott received her Ph.D.(Political Science) and M.A. (Experimental Social Psychology) from Stanford. McDermott has taught at Cornell and UCSB and has held fellowships at Harvard’s Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and Harvard’s Women and Public Policy Program. McDermott's research focuses on political psychology and international relations. Author of four books and over seventy articles on international relations, foreign policy, experimentation, the impact of emotion on decision making, social identity, and both evolutionary and neuroscientific models of political science, McDermott is best known for Risk Taking in International Relations: Prospect Theory in American Foreign Policy (Michigan 1998), Political Psychology in International Relations (Michigan 2004), and Presidential Illness, Leadership and Decision Making (Cambridge 2007). Her latest co-edited volume is the forthcoming Measuring Identity: A Guide for Social Science Research, with Rawi Abdelal, Yoshiko Herrera, and Alastair Iain Johnson (Cambridge). McDermott is currently involved in a series of projects investigating the biological and genetic bases of aggression, and a book project on pandemic disease.
Elin Naurin is visiting professor at the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, Department of Political Science, McGill University. She is also an Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. She comes from a position as Programme Manager of the Multidisciplinary Opinion and Democracy Group that hosts the Laboratory for Opinion Research (LORe) at the University of Gothenburg. LORe performs online panel surveys of citizens, representatives and journalists. Together with Robert Thomson (Trinity University) and Terry Royed (University of Alabama) Elin has initiated the Comparative Party Pledge Group that investigates parties election pledge fulfillment in 11 countries. Elin is currently working on the edited book project Comparative Election Pledge Fulfillment. She also writes about citizens' and representatives' views of mandates and accountability.
Lilach Nir (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania) holds a dual appointment as Associate Professor in the department of Political Science and in the department of Communication and Journalism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She specializes in public opinion and political communication. Dr. Nir is a former Fulbright fellow to the United States, and is currently visiting on sabbatical at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2011/2). Her publications include journal articles on news-framing and public discourse, public opinion perceptions, conversational dynamics of online political discussions, social network diversity and participation, developing a novel measure of opinion quality, and the contribution of political disagreement to opinion quality. Her work won awards from the International Communication Association and the World Association for Public Opinion Research, and has appeared or currently in press in Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Communication, Political Studies, Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, and the International Journal of Public Opinion Research.
|Dhavan V. Shah|
Dhavan V. Shah is the Louis A. & Mary E. Maier-Bascom Professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he is Director of the Mass Communication Research Center (MCRC) and Scientific Director of the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS). Housed in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication with appointments in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Political Science, his work concerns the psychology of communication influence, especially effects of ICTs (information and communication technologies) on social judgments, health outcomes, and civic and political participation.
Christopher Achen is the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences at Princeton University. His research interest is Political Methodology, particularly in its application to empirical democratic theory and American Politics. He is the author of Interpreting and Using Regression and The Statistical Analysis of Quasi-Experiments, co-author of Cross-Level Inference, and co-editor of The European Union Decides. His next book is entitled Voter Turnout in Multi-Level Systems. He was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Michael Bruter is senior lecturer in European politics at the London School of Economics and adjunct associate professor of political science at the Australian National University. He has published widely in the fields of elections, political behaviour, political psychology, identities, public opinion, extreme right politics, and social science research methods. His books include The Future of our Democracies? Young Party Members in Six European Democracies (with Sarah Harrison, 2009), Mapping Extreme Right Ideology (with Sarah Harrison 2009) and Citizens of Europe?: The Emergence of a Mass European Identity (2005).
Lesley Fellows is a neurologist specializing in disorders of cognition. She is an associate professor in the Department of neurology at McGill University and an attending staff member at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She has a particular interest in the functions of the frontal lobes. Her research programme focuses on the brain basis of decision making in humans, using the tools of cognitive neuroscience.
Martial Foucault is assistant professor of political science at the University of Montreal and associate researcher of the Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne (CNRS) and CIRANO (Centre Interuniversitaire de Recherche en Analyse des Organisations). He received in 2004 his PhD degree in economics at the University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne. He has been research fellow in 2005/06 at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies within the European University Institute (Italy). His research agenda covers economics and politics of fiscal policy, agenda-setting, theory of public goods, defense policy and methods. He has recently published in American Journal of Political Science, Public Choice, Political Studies, West European Politics, Social Science Quarterly, Journal of European Public Policy, French Politics, Revue Economique. In 2009, he has received the IIPF (International Institute of Public Finance) Young Economist Award for a research granted by the NBER on fiscal decentralization in Benin.
Hanspeter Kriesi is Professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich and directs the Swiss national research program on the “Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century” (NCCR Democracy). He is a specialist in Swiss direct democracy, but his research interests also include the study of social movements, political parties and interest groups, public opinion, the public sphere and the media. His recent books include The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (together with David Snow and Sarah Soule, 2004) and Direct Democratic Choice: The Swiss Experience (2005).
Jean-François Laslier is a researcher at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique and a professor in the Department of Economics at the Ecole Polytechnique, in France. His main topics of interest are social choice, welfare, game theory, and voting experiments. He is co-editor of the journal Mathematical Social Sciences.
|Michael S. Lewis-Beck|
Michael S. Lewis-Beck is the F. Wendell Miller Distinguished Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa. He is an expert on French electoral politics, economic voting and forecasting elections. His books include The American Voter Revisited (with W. Jacoby, H. Norpoth, and H. Weisberg, 2008) and Economics & Elections: The Major Western Democracies (1988).
Maurice Pinard is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at McGill University. He joined that department in 1963. Professor Pinard is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. His current academic interests focus mainly on motivational problems in various forms of contentious collective action, and on the emergence and development of the Quebec independence movement. He is the author of The Rise of a Third Party (1975) and co-author of Un combat inachevé (1997). His most recent book is Motivational Dimensions in Social Movements and Contentious Collective Action (2011).
Stefaan Walgrave is professor of political Science at the University of Antwerp. His research interests are social movements, political participation, political communication and elections. He has published on these topics in such journals as the European Journal of Political Research, Political Communication, Comparative Politics, Mobilization, Journal of European Public Policy, Social Forces, Journal of Communication, and the American Journal of Political Science. He is a member of M2P, the Media, Movements and Politics research group of the University of Antwerp. His current research projects include a comparative analysis of the political agenda-setting power of protest in five European countries, how issues make news, shifting patterns of participation and representation in Europe, and a comparative analysis of sub-state nationalist discourse in election manifestoes and televised debates in four federal countries.
Christopher Wlezien is Professor of Political Science at Temple University. He joined the faculty from Oxford University, where he was Reader of Comparative Government and a Fellow of Nuffield College. While at Oxford, he co-founded the ESRC-funded Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research. He holds or has held visiting positions at Columbia University, European University Institute (Florence), Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Juan March Institute (Madrid), McGill University (Montreal), Sciences Po (Paris), and the University of Manchester (UK). His primary, ongoing research develops a “thermostatic” model of public opinion and policy and examines the dynamic interrelationships between preferences for spending and budgetary policy in various domains. A cross-national investigation focusing on the US, the UK, and Canada is the subject of Degrees of Democracy (Cambridge University Press). His other major area of research, on “The Timeline of Election Campaigns,” addresses the evolution of voter preferences over the course of the election cycle. Wlezien also is co-editor of the international Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties and the “Poll-Reviews” section of Public Opinion Quarterly, and a member of the editorial boards of six other journals.
Blake Andrew (PhD, McGill) is a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He is also a research coordinator for the McGill Media Observatory. His interests include political communication, election campaigns, and Canadian politics. His work has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Policy, and Policy Options.
Laurie Beaudonnet PhD (European University Institute) holds a PhD from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her current research focuses on how political values and the perceptions of public policies affect political support in multilevel systems. During her stay at the EUCE, she will investigate the boundaries of solidarity in Europe: how European integration challenges national definitions of solidarity and redistribution process, and with what consequences for the definition of collective identity and political project. This research encompasses attitudes and identities formation as well as how these are mobilized during electoral campaigns, by voters and political parties. Her research and teaching interests include public opinion, comparative political behavior, European integration, European identity, welfare regimes and quantitative methods.
Damien Bol (PhD, 2013, University of Louvain) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies of the University of Montreal, working on the project Making Electoral Democracy Work. His research interests are electoral systems and party strategies, with a focus on European democracies and quantitative methods. He also works on the development of QCA and Fuzzy Sets methods. His work has appeared in West European Politics, European Journal of Political Research and Political Research Quarterly. For more information, visit his personal website.
Carol Galais obtained her PhD in political science from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and recently held a postdoctoral position at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB). She has been involved in several research projects on political attitudes, political participation, political knowledge, local government and active citizenship. She has been an associated and visiting professor at the UPF and has collaborated with the Diputació de Barcelona and several City Councils in designing local public policies related to political participation and citizenship. Her teaching experience includes courses at the UPF, the UAB, the Universitat de Barcelona, the Institut Barcelona d´Estudis Internacionals and the Fundació Pere Ardiaca. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies at UdeM. Her main research interests are political socialization processes and attitudes towards political engagement.
|Simon Labbé St-Vincent|
Simon Labbé St-Vincent is a post doctoral student in political science at McGill University. He holds a scholarship from Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC). His research interests focus on experimental methods, political behaviors, voter participation, strategic desertion, political psychology, and the study of electoral systems. His doctoral research employs experimental methods to examine the perceptions and behavior of voters under alternative electoral systems.
Sara Vissers (Ph.D., Catholic University of Leuven, 2010) is a post-doctoral fellow at McGill university. Her work focuses on the role of the Internet for civic and political participation and mobilization. Her research interests include the concepts of political participation, the democratic impact of information and communication technologies, new modes of political mobilization, and public opinion.
Stephen White is a Post-doctoral Fellow on Diversity and Democratic Citizenship with the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship at Concordia University. His research interests include immigrant political attitudes and behaviour, Canadian and comparative public opinion, parties and elections.
Having completed her bachelor degree in political science at Université de Montréal in 2012, Eve Bourgeois is now undertaking a master on Canadian politics at the same university. She is part of the research team of Professor Jean-François Godbout who is working on legislative voting at the House of Commons of Canada. She spent the last year at University of Vienna where she had the opportunity to study on foreign federal systems such as the European Union and the Republic of Austria.
Xavier Brabant is a Master's student in sociology at the Université de Montréal. In December 2012, he completed his Psychological & Sociological undergraduate degree at the Université de Montréal. In May 2013, he received a Master's scholarship from the SSHRC on his research project. His current research interests include socio-economics inequality, perception of inequality factors, international comparison and woman friendly welfare: he mainly seeks to evaluate, through a socio-legal-historic perspective, the evolution of socioeconomical inequality perception in between men and women, through time, across different country.
Lyne Deschêtelets is a Master's student in political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her research interests include feminism and multiculturalism. Her thesis will be an analysis of feminist discourses concerning 'reasonable accommodations' in Quebec's written press.
David Dumouchel has been a student researcher with the Research Lab on Political Communication (GRCP) since September 2010. He is currently doing a master's degree in Public communication at Université Laval. He holds an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Université du Québec à Montréal. Prior to his master, he worked for the newspaper Le Devoir, where he developed a keen interest for political communication. As part of his thesis, David will investigate how Canadian political parties are integrating wedge issues in their official communication. He hopes that it will helps Canadian researchers to start investigating a phenomenon that is bound to expand. He has a scholarship from the SSHRC.
Alexandre Duval is a Master's student in Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal. In May 2011, he completed his Political Science undergraduate degree at the Université Laval, where he received a scholarship from the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation that allowed him to enrol at the University of Toronto for a full year, as well as a mobility grant that led him to the IEP of Lille, France. His current research interests include electoral behaviour and political psychology; he mainly seeks to test the link between the sexual orientation of politicians and how voters perceive them.
Mikaël Guillemette is a Masters student in Public Communication at Université Laval. He completed a bachelor's degree in political science at Université Laval. He is a member of the Research group in political communication. His research interests are electoral advertising, negative persuasive strategies used in political communication, electoral vote, electoral campaigns and political parties. Mr. Guillemette is also interested by research methodology.
|Gildas Le Bars|
Gildas Le Bars is currently completing a master’s degree in Public communication at the Information and Communication Department of Université Laval. He holds an undergraduate degree in Social Economy at Université Paris-Est – Marne-la-Vallée and a Master 1 degree in political communication at Université Paris-Est – Créteil. Prior to his master, Gildas has been involved as vice-president of a French student union. He also worked for two years at Unis-Cité as a lobbyist to promote youth civil engagement in France. His thesis focuses on media coverage of candidates from the civil society.
Valérie Lapointe is a master’s student in political science with a double concentration in feminist studies and international relations, foreign policy, cooperation and development at the University of Quebec in Montreal. She has also been a member of the Institut de Recherche en Études Féministes (IREF) since 2008. Her research interests include American politics and gender studies. Her master’s thesis looks at the performance of gender and the influence of body identity on presidential institutions, more specifically their role in the 2008 presidential election of Obama.
Jean-Michel Lavoie is completing his master's degree in political science at the University of Montreal. His research interests include the role of mass medias, bias and rationality in the formation of opinion, especially in insurgency context. He worked on the project « Comparative Policy Agendas: the Supreme Court of Canada » which is under the supervision of Professor Christine Rothmayr, and is a member of the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies.
Émilie Meloche-Turcot is a master's student in sociology at the University of Montreal. Her research interests focus on the socioeconomic conditions of Aboriginal people in Quebec. Specifically, she compares the socioeconomic conditions (schooling, housing, activity and income) of registered Indians living on their communities of origin with their counterparts living outside them. She seeks to understand the reasons why First Nations’ members live outside their community, and more importantly when it follows a migration from their place of origin. Her research uses a quantitative approach on data produced by Statistics Canada (Census, Aboriginal People Survey).
|Eva Falk Pedersen|
Eva Falk Pedersen is a Master student in political science at McGill University. She completed a bachelor degree in political science at Laval University and a certificate in political studies at Institut d’Études politiques de Lyon in France. Her research interests are mainly concentrated in Canadian studies. She is interested in federalism and intergovernmental relations and their linkage with identity and nation. In addition, she principally works on voting behaviour and on party systems and political parties’ theories.
Myriam Plourde is a Masters student in political science at McGill University. She completed a B.A. degree in Political Studies and Hispanic Studies at Bishop’s University. Her research interests focus on identity questions and nationalist movements in multinational states. More precisely, her work compares nationalist movements between Quebec and Catalonia. She has collaborated with the Institute of Research on Public Policy (IRPP).
Martin Quirion has been a student researcher with the Research Lab on Political Communication (GRCP) since January 2010. He is currently completing a Master’s degree in public communication at the Information and Communication Department of Université Laval. He holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science at the School of Applied Politics of the University of Sherbrooke. His thesis focuses on the development of communication strategies of political parties in Quebec in the context of creating a relationship of trust with the electorate.
Monika B. Smaz is a Master's student in Political Science at Université de Montréal where she also completed a bi-disciplinary bachelor's degree in Communication Science and Political Science in 2012. Her primary research interests focus on Canadian politics, parliamentary government and federalism. She is currently studying legislative voting in the Canadian Parliament and other democracies with Professor Jean-François Godbout.
Emily Thompson is a Master’s student in Political Science at McGill University. She completed her B.A. (Hons) in Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In her undergraduate thesis she studied the institutional barriers (in particular, electoral systems and party nomination policies) facing women entering politics, comparing both Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and Tasmania, Australia. Her research interests include gender and politics, Canadian politics and political engagement.
Mélanie Verville is currently doing a Master’s degree in public communication at the Information and Communication Department of Université Laval. She holds an undergraduate degree in Public Relations from Univerité du Québec à Montréal and an English Certificate from McGill University. As part of her thesis, Melanie will investigate how Quebec’s provincial political parties are using social media in order to promote the involvement and political engagement of citizens and their participation in public debates.
Alexandre Blanchet is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Political Science of the Université de Montréal. His research interests include public opinion, voting behaviour, political competence and democratic theories. His current research focuses on the development of citizens' civic competences and, more specifically, on the impact of educational approaches on the development of civic competences among adolescents.
|Alexandre Morin Chassé|
Alexandre began his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Montreal during the winter of 2010. His main areas of interests are mesurement biaises in public opinion polls, along with the determinants of election turnout. Alexandre also works at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies under the direction of Professor André Blais.
Chris Chhim is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at McGill University. He has a B.A. from the University of Chicago in International Studies, with an emphasis on East Asia. His research interests include language politics, as well as political parties, voting behaviour, and political communication within the context of linguistically divided societies.
Philippe Duguay is a Ph.D. student in political science at l’Université du Québec à Montréal. His research interests include the competition between dominant and alternative discourses as well as between different narratives and ideological constructs within societies, mostly through media. His current research focuses on the influence of social media on political preferences formation.
Audrey Dupuis has been a student researcher with the Research Lab on Political Communication (GRCP) since September 2011. She is also a student researcher with the Research Group on Culture, Representations and Politics at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. Audrey holds an undergraduate degree in Social Communication from the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. Her interest for social marketing and advertising led her in obtaining a master's degree in Social Communication at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. Her master thesis focused on the web actors' reception of social shock ads on highway safety. Audrey's research is funded by a master's grant from the CRSH and the FQRSC. Audrey is actually PhD student in the department of Information and Communication at the University Laval. Her research's interests are centred on social psychology and political marketing, more exactly on the psychological and cognitive effects of the Canadian electoral advertising. Audrey's research is funded by a doctoral grant from the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships.
Benjamin Ferland is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at McGill University. He has held a Joseph-Armand Bombardier (CGS) Master Scholarship from the SSHRC and he currently holds a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). His research interests include political behaviour, political psychology, electoral and party systems and experimental methodology.
Émilie coordinates the activities of the Political Marketing – Canada network. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with marketing specialization from Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Her interest for marketing and her passion for politics led her in obtaining a master’s degree in Political Science at the Université Laval. Émilie is actually PhD student in the department of Information and Communication at the Université Laval. She is a student researcher with the Research Lab on Political Communication and is also a student member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Émilie published in Journal of Professional Communication and in national and international academic books such as Handbook of Political Marketing. Her researches revolve around the use of political marketing by interest groups and marketing practices in electoral context and their impact on democracy. Emilie's research is funded by a doctoral grant from the FQRSC.
|Holly Ann Garnett|
Holly Ann Garnett is a Ph.D. student in the department of Political Science at McGill University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Political Science from Nipissing University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from Queen’s University. She also studied as a Killam Fellow at Cornell University in 2009. Her research interests focus on Canadian and comparative election administration. Holly currently holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC).
Andrea Lawlor is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at McGill University. She holds a Master's degree from the University of British Columbia. Andrea’s research interests include the Canadian and comparative study of political parties, political behaviour, institutions, and methodology. Her doctoral research will focus on changes to campaign spending on party organisational behaviour in a Canadian and comparative context. Andrea holds a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds Québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
Catherine Lemarier-Saulnier is a PhD student in public communication at the University Laval. Since September 2011 she is also a student researcher at the Research Lab on Political Communication (GRCP) at the University Laval. Her research focusses on the construction of representations and on mediated framing of political actors, especially about female politicians. Catherine holds a master’s degree in Social Communication from the University of Québec in Trois-Rivières. Her master thesis talks about the representation and framing of female politicians from Québec and Canada in the press.
Valérie-Anne Mahéo is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She has completed a M.Sc. in Political Science at University of Montreal and she has worked for several years as a research assistant/coordinator on various international research projects (including the Comparative Youth Study). Her research interests include political socialization, different types of political participation, social and political mobilization, non-engagement, and youth. She currently holds a doctoral fellowship from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
Daniel Marcelino is a Ph.D student at the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in comparative studies on national and sub-national elections, electoral behaviour, and public opinion. His interests relate to the impact of money in elections, applied methods for social sciences, and collaborative tools of analysis. He was a visiting researcher at York University (Toronto) under the Canadian Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program. He has also co-authored book chapters and published peer-reviewed articles in Opinião Pública, Política Hoje, and Comunicação & Política.
Mike Medeiros is a Ph.D. candidate from the Department of political science of the Université de Montréal. His main fields of research are political behaviour and Canadian politics. Mike’s research interests include identity politics, political psychology, electoral politics and ethnic conflicts. More specifically, he concentrates on exploring the influence of ethnic identity on political behaviour. Mike’s doctoral research focuses on the impact of linguistic vitality of Western linguistic minorities on conflict intensity and intergroup attitudes. He is also a research assistant with the Canadian Electoral Study.
Ludovic Rheault is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Montreal, and is recipient of a Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarship from the SSHRC. His research interests encompass topics such as political economy and political behaviour. His thesis focuses on how the preferences of voters and of special interest groups regarding immigration are translated into public policies. Such an inquiry line implies a thorough examination of the economic impacts of immigration on recipient countries. Besides, Ludovic is contributing to ongoing research projects at the Chair, about elections and political behaviour.
Kerry Tannahill is a PhD student in Political Science at Concordia University. Her research interests include public opinion and voting behaviour with special attention to the role of value diversity, and identity. Her current work includes evaluation of citizen discontent in the European Union as well as electoral opinion formation in Canadian and Quebec politics. She holds a Graduate Fellowship from the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University and was recently awarded the Dirk Berg-Schlosser Award for best poster at the 2012 ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques.
Journalist and consultant Simon Thibault earned a bachelor's of political science at Laval University and a master's in international relations at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. After his studies, he worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C., for the Organization of American States and for the evaluation unit of the World Bank Institute, carrying out studies in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. In 2003, he left his job to complete a graduate degree in journalism at Laval University and City University, in London. From 2005 to 2009, he worked as an independent journalist, travelling to different areas around the world. In Latin America, he produced reports on the fall of the Bolivian and Ecuadorian presidents. In the Middle East, reporting for L'actualité, he covered the war between Israel and Hezbollah and the crisis in Palestine after the election of Hamas. He also created two documentaries for Télé-Québec, one of which dealt with the Taliban insurrection and the opium trade in Afghanistan. Then he worked as a reporter for Radio-Canada in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He is interested in international efforts to foster freedom of the press in countries in transition or crisis. His doctoral project focuses on media reform in Bosnia and Herzevovina and Kosovo.
Isabelle Valois is a Ph. D. student in sociology at the University of Montreal. She has received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier (CGS) Master Scholarship from the SSHRC and did an accelerated passage to doctoral studies. Her main research interests concern confidence in Canadian institutions including the government, courts, the police, schools, and media, as well as interpersonal trust. Her thesis aims to evaluate the evolution of trust in Canada and to determine the social factors associated with different levels of trust in order to understand the social mechanism behind trust and its role in society.
|Ece Ozlem Atikcan|
Ece Ozlem Atikcan (Ph.D. in Political Science, McGill University, October 2010) is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the European Union Center of Excellence (CEUE) at the Université de Montréal. Her post-doctoral research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Center for International Studies and Research (CÉRIUM) of the Université de Montréal. Her research interests lie at the intersection of voting behavior, political parties, social movements, and nationalism, with a particular focus on European integration. In her doctoral research she analyzed voting behavior in the four 2005 referenda on the European Constitutional Treaty, held in Spain, France, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg, by focusing on campaign framing and diffusion among the cases. Her post-doctoral project explores the double EU referenda phenomenon, where European voters initially rejected a referendum proposal but approved it in a second vote some months later.
Sheena Bell is a Master's student in the department of Political Science at McGill University. She holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (SSHRC). Her research interests include the theories and policies of interculturalism and multiculturalism, Quebec politics, federalism and Canadian institutions. Her Master's final paper will focus on a quantitative analysis of the Ethnic Diversity Survey (Statistics Canada) to assess the outcomes of interculturalism policy on first and second generation immigrants in Quebec.
|Marc André Bodet|
Marc André Bodet is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at McGill University. He has also completed a M.Sc in Economics at l'Université de Montréal. His research interests include electoral behaviour, statistical analysis in social sciences, and budgetary policymaking in parliamentary democracies. He has notably published co-authored articles in Comparative Political Studies and Social Science Quarterly.
|Peter Thisted Dinesen|
Peter Thisted Dinesen is a visiting doctoral student in Political Science from the University of Aarhus in Denmark. His main research interests lie within political sociology and political behaviour. The topic of his dissertation is the causes of generalized trust focusing primarily on immigrants in a Danish and a European context. In the Danish context, the causes of trust are examined using a survey he conducted among young immigrants and Danes in Danish schools.
Delia Dumitrescu (Ph.D., Ohio State U., 2009) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies (CRCES) at the Université de Montréal. Her dissertation, “Spatial Visual Communications in Election Campaigns”, explores the functions of political poster displays in France and Belgium, in particular their role of signalling an actor’s strength and competitiveness in election. Her research interests include political communication, political psychology, political behaviour and public opinion in comparative settings (advanced democracies). Two of her current projects involve (1) designing an experimental method to test the effect of poster campaigns on individual voters, and (2) exploring the effects of one’s sense of civic duty on political decision-making.
Daniel Goldberg is a doctoral candidate in communication studies at McGill University. A Montreal-based writer and researcher, he holds a grant from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC). Research interests include environmental communications, philosophy of technology, critical theory of ‘nature’ and ‘the sustainable,’ and the politicization and co-option of ecological crises. His dissertation research examines the discursive struggle amongst competing models of sustainable design and urban community development. He is currently developing a play exploring these themes with Montreal’s Youtheatre. Dan is also Communications Manager for The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation.
Ekrem Karakoc (Ph.D, Pennsylvania State University, 2010) is a post-doctoral fellow at the Université de Montréal. His dissertation argues that in contrast to the conventional argument in the political economy literature, inequality does not decrease after democratization and he asks why it is that democracies cannot generate income equality. Using a multi-method approach, he tests his theory both using large-N statistical analysis and two paired case studies in postcommunist and Southern Europe. During his postdoctoral fellowship, he is assisting with the Making Electoral Democracy Project (MEDW). He is also working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation and several projects that extend this research to non-democratic postcommunist countries and the Middle East and examine the role of social policy/welfare programs and political opposition in these regions. His work has appeared in World Politics (2007), Comparative Politics (forthcoming) and Comparative Political Studies (forthcoming).
Brad Morrison is a Masters student in Political Science at McGill University. He completed his B.A. in Political Science at UBC. In his undergraduate thesis he tested the proposed centripetal effects of the STV electoral system in ethnic politics in Northern Ireland . He is a volunteer researcher for the Reactions to Extreme Stress and Trauma (REST) Lab in the UBC Department of Psychology. His research interests include conflict, the politics of divided societies, and political psychology.
Jason is a recent recipient of a Ph.D. in political science from McGill University. He currently holds a Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC) post-doctoral fellowship as well as a fellowship with the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies (CRCES) at the Université de Montréal. His research interests include Canadian and comparative politics, political behaviour and participation, research methodology (quantitative methods), electoral systems, and public opinion. Jason’s current research employs experimental methods to examine the relationships between political information, the vote decision process and the vote choices that are made given varying levels of decision-environment complexity.
Joseph Sannicandro is an M.A. candidate in Communication Studies at McGill University. Born and raised in the suburbs of NYC, he completed his BA at Purchase College, SUNY, with a double major in History and Philosophy. He completed two separate Senior theses; The Demographics of a County
Shane is a recent recipient of a Ph.D. in political science from Michigan State University. His interests are in comparative politics, with a focus on electoral systems and their behavioural consequences. Shane’s dissertation explored the links between electoral institutions, the dimensionality of politics, and political behaviour. He is currently developing portions of his dissertation for publication, as well as conducting research on voter participation, political representation, and methodology.
|Simon Labbé St-Vincent|
Simon Labbé St-Vincent is a doctoral student in political science at Université de Montréal. He holds a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) from the Social science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). His research interests include experimental methods, public opinion, political psychology, political thought, voter participation and the study of electoral systems. His dissertation research employs experimental methods to examine the perceptions and behavior of voters under alternative electoral systems.
Cameron Stark is an M.A. candidate in Political Science (Social Statistics) at McGill University. He completed his B.A. in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. His research interests include political behaviour, parties and campaigns, federalism, and statistical methodology in the social sciences. His Master's research paper will analyze issue-ownership and issue-campaigning among national and provincial political parties in the context of the Canadian federation's divided jurisdictions.
Ronan Teyssier (Ph.D., Université Laval and Ph.D., École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, 2009) is a postdoctoral fellow at the Université Laval working with François Gélineau there and a part-time professor at the School of Political Studies (University of Ottawa). His research interests deal with electoral turnout and competitiveness in Canadian provincial elections, the study of provincial governments’ subsidies, and methodology (quantitative analysis and qualitative comparative analysis).
Melanee Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at McGill University. She has held a Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS) from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) at both the Master's and doctoral level. Melanee is interested in political behaviour, gender and politics, Canadian politics, and methodology. Her doctoral research examines why women in post-industrial democracies consistently report lower levels of political self-confidence and political interest than their male peers, despite the tremendous changes in women’s lives since the mid-20th century. This project ambitiously examines these gender differences across post-industrial democracies, as well as across time and qualitatively in selected cases. Melanee's website can be found here.