Academic Advisors

Kelly Blidook

Kelly Blidook is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received a PhD in political science from McGill University in 2008. His primary research interests are in the areas of political and legislative behaviour, and political representation. He released his first book in 2012, titled Constituency Influence in Parliament, and has contributed to publications such as the American Review of Canadian Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly and the Canadian Journal of Political Science. His views have also been published in the National Post and Ottawa Citizen.

Colette Brin

Dr. Brin teaches journalism and communication theory. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Université Laval. Her research focuses on the transformations of journalism practices and their organizational and economic environment. Her published work, in English and French, includes two books and numerous articles, as well as special editions of academic journals and proceedings. Currently funded projects include a study of newspaper journalists' attitudes and approaches regarding verification and an investigation into the restructuring of major newsrooms in Quebec. She is an active member of the scholarly community and has long been engaged in promoting dialogue between citizens, researchers, and professional journalists. She is proud to be part of several leading research and knowledge transfer teams in her field: Groupe de recherche en communication politique, Centre d’études sur les médias, la Chaire de recherche en journalisme scientifique, Canadian Journalism Project. She is currently serving as Vice-President of the Canadian Communication Association

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Toronto. His research and teaching has been in the areas of social and political philosophy, with an emphasis on democratic theory.  A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Professor Cunningham was educated at Indiana University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Toronto.  He has served as Chair of the Philosophy Department and Principal of Innis College at the University of Toronto and President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Munroe Eagles

Munroe Eagles is Director of the Canadian Studies Academic Program, a Professor of Political Science and an Adjunct Professor of Geography and American Studies at the University at Buffalo - State University of New York, where he has taught since 1989. Prior to coming to UB, he taught for three years at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine, an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, ON, and a BA (Hons) from Acadia University in Nova Scotia.  In addition, he has studied at the University of Toronto and at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. At UB he has served for almost a decade as an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He currently serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is a member of the Executive Council of the Association of Canadian Studies in the United States. His primary research interests fall in the areas of Canadian electoral geography, political representation and party politics, and Canadian-American relations. He has published extensively on these topics, and his most recent book, co-authored with Ken Carty, is entitled Politics is Local: National Politics at the Grassroots (Oxford University Press, 2005). He is currently working on a book on the constituency foundations of Canadian politics.

Fred Fletcher

Fred Fletcher (PhD, Duke) is Professor Emeritus, Communication Studies and Political Science, holds the honorific title of University Professor at York University, is Adjunct Professor in The School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Fletcher was the founding President of the Canadian Media Research Consortium (2001-2007) and now serves as Past President.  As a researcher, Dr. Fletcher has worked for three Royal Commissions, the most recent being the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, for which he served as Research Coordinator, Media and Elections.  He was a Senior Researcher for the Royal Commission on Newspapers. As author and editor, he has published seven books and more than 100 book chapters, technical papers, and journal articles, most on media-related issues. Among his publications are pioneering studies of the Ontario Legislative Press Gallery, the Ottawa Press Gallery, news coverage of election campaigns in Canada, election campaign advertising, communication policy and regulatory issues.  His recent work includes a study of perceptions of fairness in news coverage among federal MPs and members of the Parliamentary Press Gallery and a global study of political communication and the future of journalism in established and emerging democracies.  Dr. Fletcher has also published on parliamentary government, electoral reform and Canadian federalism and served as a consultant on the news balance study (a comprehensive content analysis of CBC news reporting).  His current research projects include media representations of diversity in Toronto, the evolving role of the Internet in Canada, and the future of journalism in the digital age.

Mary Francoli

Mary Francoli is an Assistant Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. She received her Ph.D. in political science from The University of Western Ontario. She was the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in New Media and Internet Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006/2007. She is interested in the impact of new media on governance, the state and society. Her research is largely focused on the idea of the ‘digital commons’ and how new forms of ‘e-participation’ affect the relationship between citizens and government. Currently, she is working on a project exploring the use of social media within the Canadian federal public service. The project tracks the use of interactive media, such as blogs, wikis, social networking sites and mechanisms that all for public engagement. It also explores the policy environment governing the use of such technology.

Thierry Giasson

Thierry Giasson is an associate professor in the Information and Communication Department at Université Laval, in Québec City. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Giasson is the lead investigator of the Groupe de recherche en communication politique (GRCP) at Université Laval. He is also a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (CSDC) at McGill University and at the Institut Technologie de l’information et Sociétés (ITIS) at Université Laval. In 2007, Dr. Giasson was appointed Pacific Northwest-Québec Initiative Visiting Professor in Québec politics at Western Washington University in Bellingham and the University of Washington in Seattle.

Elisabeth Gidengil

Elisabeth Gidengil is Hiram Mills Professor in the Department of Political Science at McGill University and founding Director of the inter-university Centre for Democratic Citizenship. She was educated at the London School of Economics, New York University and McGill University. Her research focuses on voting behaviour, public opinion and political engagement, with a particular interest in gender. She was a member of the Canadian Election Study (CES) team from 1992 to 2008 and was the principal investigator for the 2008 CES. She is a former Shorenstein Fellow in the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and a former president of the Canadian Political Science Association. She was a member of the national advisory committee for the Canadian Democratic Audit and is currently an elected member of the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems Project and the Steering Committee of the European Consortium for Political Research Standing Group on Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. She has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles, including Making Representative Democracy Work, The Challenge of Direct Democracy, Unsteady State, Anatomy of a Liberal Victory, and Citizens.

Alfred Hermida

Alfred Hermida is a digital media scholar, journalism educator and online news pioneer. Since 2006, he has been an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Through his research at UBC, and his earlier work at the BBC, he has built an international reputation as an authority on new media, with his work appearing in Journalism Practice and New Media and Society. His research interests include participatory journalism, social media and emerging genres of digital journalism. An award-winning journalist who served for four years as a Middle East correspondent, Hermida is a 16-year veteran of the BBC and was a founding news editor of the BBC News website in 1997. He has also written for The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London, The Guardian and NPR.  He writes on developments in digital journalism at his award-winning blog

Paul Howe

Paul Howe is a Professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where he has taught since 2001. Prior to joining UNB, he was a Research Director at the Montreal-based Institute for Research on Public Policy for three years. His research at the IRPP and UNB has examined different facets of Canadian democracy, including the role of the courts in the Charter era, the use of ICTs in public consultation processes, and public attitudes towards democratic institutions. He is the co-editor of two books, Judicial Power and Canadian Democracy (McGill-Queen’s, 2001) and Strengthening Canadian Democracy (Institute for Research on Public Policy, 2005). In the past several years, the issue of voter disengagement, especially among young Canadians, has been Professor Howe’s principal research focus. His work on this topic has been published in various academic outlets and in policy journals such as Policy Options, Inroads and Electoral Insight. He also has prepared reports for the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy and Elections Canada that have helped shape policy initiatives designed to re-engage young people in Canadian electoral democracy. His most recent work, Citizens Adrift: The Democratic Disengagement of Young Canadians (UBC Press, 2010), offers a comprehensive analysis of the origins of political disengagement among younger generations and outlines ideas to help reverse this worrying trend.   

Royce Koop

Royce Koop is a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Prior to coming to Carleton he was the Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen's University (2010-11) and the University Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University (2009-10). He received a PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia in 2009.  His primary research interests are in the areas of political parties, Canadian politics, constituency campaigns, and the politics of federations and other multi-level states.  He is the author of Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics (UBC Press, 2011) and articles in Canadian Journal of Political Science, Representation, and Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. His current research focuses on Canadian MPs and party organization in the constituencies.

Lawrence LeDuc

Lawrence Leduc is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto (CANADA) and currently Visiting Professor at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Free University of Berlin. His publications include The Politics of Direct Democracy, Comparing Democracies (with Richard G. Niemi and Pippa Norris) and Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (with Jon H. Pammett, Judith I. McKenzie and André Turcotte) as well as articles on voting, elections and related topics in North American and European Political Science journals. His current research deals with electoral reform, political participation, and direct democracy.

Alex Marland

Alex Marland is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. He was the lead editor of Political Marketing in Canada (UBC Press, forthcoming) and has published about electioneering in Canada and about politics in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has also worked in the public, private and political sectors in capacities that exposed him to the practice of media relations, opinion research and governance.

Jon H. Pammett

Jon H. Pammett is Professor of Political Science at Carleton University.  He is co-author of Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (Dundurn, 2010), Political Choice in Canada and three editions of  Absent Mandate, as well as numerous journal articles on elections.  He is co-editor and contributor to the upcoming The Canadian Federal Election of 2011, as well as earlier volumes in this series since the election of 1988.  He has worked in the fields of voting behaviour, declines in voter participation, political education, and socialization.  He is co-editor and contributor to Activating the Citizen: Dilemmas of Participation in Europe and Canada (Palgrave, 2009). For Elections Canada, he was co-author of Explaining the Turnout Decline in Canadian Federal Elections (2003).  For the Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, he developed the handbook Engaging the Electorate: Initiatives to Promote Voter Turnout from Around the World (2006). Pammett is Director of the Carleton University Survey Centre, and leads the Canadian contribution to the International Social Survey Programme.  He will be leading the drafting group for the ISSP Citizenship survey to be conducted in 2014 in 50 countries around the world.

Vincent Raynauld

Vincent Raynauld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College (Boston, MA). He is also serving as a research fellow in the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, as a research associate in the Recherche en Communication Politique (GRCP) based at Laval University (Quebec City, Canada), and as a member of the Réseau Démocratie Électronique. His areas of research interest and publication include political communication, social media, research methods, e-politics, and journalism. He completed his doctorate in Communication at Carleton University under the supervision of Dr. André Turcotte in October 2013. 


Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose is Associate Professor of Political Studies at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. From 2006-07 he had the privilege of being the Academic Director of the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform.  It was here where he saw the true potential of citizens’ ability to learn and deliberate well. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Queen’s University and has taught at Queen’s, St. Lawrence University in New York and Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan.  He has also taught at the International Studies Centre (Herstmonceux), UK.  In 2008 Jonathan was a Visiting Research Fellow at Victoria University of Wellington where he lectured on citizen engagement. Jonathan’s research is in the area of Canadian politics and political communication.  He has written a book on government advertising and a number of articles on political advertising.  His current research project is to examine, with other colleagues, citizens’ assemblies in BC, Ontario and the Netherlands.

Nick Ruderman

Nick Ruderman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He received his MA from Queen’s University and his BA from McGill University. His areas of specialization are Canadian and comparative politics, with an emphasis on public opinion, political participation, and interest group politics. His training in quantitative methods includes coursework at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan in 2009 and 2010.

Stuart Soroka

Stuart Soroka is associate professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University.  He is founding co-director of the Media Observatory at McGill University, co-investigator of the Canadian Election Study, past director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive, and a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.  Stuart's work focuses on the interactions between public opinion, policy, and media.  His most recent co-authored book on these themes, Degrees of Democracy, was published in 2010 by Cambridge University Press; the book explores the strength of the link between public opinion and policy, across policy domains in Canada, the UK and US. Other work has appeared in wide range of books, journals, and edited volumes; these, alongside content analytic software developed by Soroka and colleagues, are available at

Dietlind Stolle

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; immigrant integration; diversity and ethnic prejudice; political mobilization; and new forms of political participation, particularly political consumerism. She is also the co-principal investigator of the Comparative Youth Survey (CYS) as well as associate director of the US Citizenship, Involvement and Democracy (CID) survey. She is one of four co-investigators of the 2011 Canadian Election Survey. Books include Politics, Products, and Markets Exploring Political Consumerism Past and Present, co-edited with Michele Micheletti and Andreas Follesdal (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2003 and in paperback 2006) as well as Generating Social Capital, co-edited with Marc Hooghe (New York: Palgrave, 2003). Recently she was guest professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin and the University of Zürich. Dietlind currently is finishing a book manuscript with Michele Micheletti entitiled "Consumer Power as Global Responsibility Taking.”

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. Prior to beginning his doctorate, Paul was a Parliamentary Affairs Assistant with Cancer Research UK, a British charity. He has also worked in both chambers of the Canadian parliament, first as a participant in the CPSA’s Parliamentary Internship Programme and then as a researcher in the Office of Senator Yoine Goldstein. Paul’s primary research interests are parliamentary governance, cross-party cooperation, and religion and politics. His studies are supported by a SSHRC Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Livianna Tossutti

Livianna Tossutti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University, where she teaches courses on Canadian Politics and Government, Political Parties and Elections, Civil Society, Political Culture and Institutions, and Research Methods.  She is the co-author of Democracy, Diversity and Good Government: an introduction to politics in Canada (Pearson Canada), and the author of The Electoral Participation of Ethnocultural Communities (Elections Canada), as well as numerous articles on political behavior, public opinion, and/or immigrant settlement and integration policy that have appeared in Party Politics, Canadian Ethnic Studies, the Journal of Canadian Studies, West European Politics, European Foreign Affairs Review, Modern Italy, Issues and Studies, and  Immigration, Integration and Inclusion in Ontario Cities (McGill-Queen’s University Press). She is co-leader (with Victoria Esses of UWO) of the Optimizing Social, Cultural and Political Integration Research Domain of the Welcoming Communities Initiative, a SSHRC-funded multidisciplinary research project aimed at improving the welcome for immigrants and refugees in second and third-tier Ontario cities (  She has also recently completed (with Dr. Esses) two research studies funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (Ontario Region); the first explores opinion leader perceptions of immigration and diversity in fifteen Ontario municipalities, while the second involves the creation of a repository for materials on the measurement of racism and discrimination, and strategies for combating these attitudes.  

André Turcotte

André Turcotte is Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. He specializes in the design of social inquiry and the study of Image, Politics and Persuasion. He lectures in advanced quantitative communication research, political communication theory and persuasion. Over the years, Dr. André Turcotte has provided public opinion research advice to many of Canada’s leading private sector firms as well as several government organizations. Between 1992 and 1993, he was the co-editor of The Gallup Poll. He was part of the polling team for the Chretien Liberals in the 1993 Federal Election. Between 1994 and 2000, Dr. Turcotte was the official pollster of the Reform Party of Canada and its Leader, Preston Manning. During that period, he acted as a political commentator on all major Canadian TV networks both in English and French, as well as providing commentary in print and on the radio. Dr. Turcotte has also provided advice to the Saskatchewan Party, the Manitoba PCs, as well as to several political leaders including Jean Chrétien, Laurence Decore, Joe Clark, Chuck Strahl, Tony Clement, and Belinda Stronach. He also provided public opinion research advice for several municipal candidates. Among the companies and institutions that have benefited from Dr. Turcotte’s expertise are:The U.S. State Department Agency USIA, The Fraser Institute, Bell GlobeMedia, Sprint Canada, Bank of Montreal, the Royal Bank of Canada, and CIBC, Bell Canada, Labatt’s, Levi’s, Kraft Foods, Volkswagen, Pizza Pizza, Guinness, Several TV stations: The Sports Network (TSN), Réseau des Sports (RDS), Headline Sports, Showcase Television, the Discovery Channel, and Rogers SportsNet Warner Brothers, OCUFA, Pepsi Co.,The Canadian Oil Sands Trust and Protect the Children.

Christopher Waddell

Christopher Waddell is an Associate Professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa. He also holds the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. He joined Carleton in July 2001 after 10 years at CBC Television News. From 1993 to 2001, he was the network's Parliamentary Bureau Chief in Ottawa. From 1995 to 2001 he was also Executive Producer News Specials for CBC Television, responsible for all national news specials and federal and provincial election and election night coverage during those years. Between 1984-91 he was at the Globe and Mail where he served in a number of positions including reporter in Report on Business, economics reporter in Ottawa covering among other things the Canada-US free trade negotiations, Ottawa bureau chief in the 1988 federal election In the period from 1990-91 he was associate editor and then national editor of the paper. He has won two National Newspaper Awards for business reporting and programs he supervised at CBC Television won six Gemini awards for television excellence. He received a Ph. D in Canadian history from York University in Toronto in 1981, completing a thesis on price and wage controls and consumer rationing in Canada in World War II.