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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 Canadian Journal of Political Science. His views have also been published in the National Post and Ottawa Citizen.

Colette Brin

Dr. Brin is a Professor and current Director for Media Studies at Université Laval, where she obtained a PhD in Political Science in 2002.  Her research is centered mainly on the transformation of journalistic practices and the political economy of the media. An active member of the scholarly community, she has long been engaged in promoting dialogue between citizens, researchers and professional journalists. Between 2012 and 2014, Dr. Brin served as President of the Canadian Communication Association. She co-edited a collection of essays on the changing face of journalism, Nature et transformation du journalisme, in 2004, and her work has also appeared, in English and French, in diverse publications including Les Cahiers du journalisme and Journal du Congrès de la Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.

Frank Cunningham

Frank Cunningham is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Toronto. His research and teaching has focused on 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 held an associate position at the Institute for the Humanities at Simon Fraser University since 2013, and has authored and co-edited several academic publications.

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. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from the University of California and has also studied at Queen’s University in Kingston, Acadia University in Nova Scotia, the University of Toronto and the University of Exeter in England. 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). His next book, Landscapes and Landmarks of Canada: Real, Imagined, (Re)Viewed, is due to be published in 2016. 

Fred Fletcher

Fred Fletcher is a University Professor Emeritus at York University. He is President of the Canadian Internet Project Research Group, and has co-authored two major reports on Internet use in Canada; his current research concerns the impact of the Internet on Canadian culture and on civic engagement in Canadian politics. Among Dr. Fletcher’s 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. He has worked as a researcher for three Royal Commissions, the most recent being the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing, on which he served as Research Coordinator for Media and Elections. He has also published on parliamentary government, electoral reform and Canadian federalism, and has served as a consultant on the news balance study—a comprehensive content analysis of CBC news reporting. Dr. Fletcher was also the founding President of the Canadian Media Research Consortium, serving from 2001 to 2007. 

Mary Francoli

Mary Francoli is an Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. Her research is focused mainly on the idea of the “digital commons” and the changing relationship between citizens and government as a result of evolving forms of e-participation. Her work has been included in publications such as Government E-Strategic Planning and Management and Politics in the Information Age. Dr. Francoli received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario; she was also the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in New Media and Internet Politics at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2006 and 2007. She is currently working on four projects: the use of social media within the Canadian federal public service, social media and parliament, open government and social media campaigns. 

Thierry Giasson

Thierry Giasson is an Associate Professor in the Information and Communication Department at Université Laval, in Québec City. He holds a PhD 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. He co-edited Political Communication in Canada: Tweet Meet the Press and the Rest in 2014. 

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 the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Educated at the London School of Economics, New York University and McGill University, her research interests include political engagement and democratic citizenship, voting behaviour and public opinion, and biopolitics. She was the co-investigator for five Canadian Election Studies, and principal investigator for the 2008 CES. She is a former Shorenstein Fellow of the Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School 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 was a co-winner of the Ithiel de Sola Pool Award for the best paper on political communication presented at the 1993 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association. She has authored or co-authored numerous books and articles, including Gender and Social Capital, Anatomy of a Liberal Victory and Citizens

Alfred Hermida

Alfred Hermida is the Director of the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. His research principally concerns the implications of digital technologies for journalistic practices, social media and emerging genres of journalism. Through his research at UBC, and 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. He was awarded the 2015 National Business Book Award for his book Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters. Professor 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 won a 2010 Canadian Online Publishing Award for best blog for Reportr.net, and also received an Excellence in New Communication Award in 2013 from the Society for New Communication Research. 

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 has also 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 an Associate Professor at the University of Manitoba, specializing in Canadian politics. He was previously an SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University, the Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University in 2010-11 and the University Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University in 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 has contributed to the American Journal of Political Science and Canadian Public Policy, and co-edited Parties, Elections and the Future of Canadian Politics in 2013. He is also the author of Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics (UBC Press, 2011). 

Lawrence LeDuc

 Lawrence Leduc is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. 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 Andre Turcotte) as well as articles on voting, elections and related topics in North American and European Political Science journals. He is a frequent political commentator for CTV Newsworld, and has covered various election specials for CTV, CBC and TV Ontario. 

Alex Marland

Alex Marland is an Associate Professor with the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. His research is focused primarily on Canadian politics, public policy, electioneering and political communication.  He was the lead editor of Political Communication in Canada, published in 2014, and co-edits the UBC Press series Communication, Strategy and Politics. His next book, Brand Command: Canadian Politics and Democracy in the Age of Message Control, is to be published in 2016. Dr. Marland 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, and one of Canada’s premier specialists on survey research. He is co-author of Dynasties and Interludes: Past and Present in Canadian Electoral Politics (Dundurn, 2011), Political Choice in Canada and three editions of Absent Mandate, as well as numerous journal articles on elections. He co-edited and contributed to The Canadian Federal Election of 2011, as well as earlier volumes in this series since the 1988 election. He has led Canada’s participation in the International Social Survey Programme since 1998. He has contributed a number of reports and articles for Elections Canada, including “Explaining the Turnout Decline in Canadian Federal Elections: A New Survey of Non-Voters” and “Confronting the Problem of Declining Voter Turnout Among Youth.”

Stewart Prest

Stewart Prest is a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and coauthor of Samara’s report, What We Talk About When We Talk About Electoral Reform. He received his doctorate in political science from the University of British Columbia in February 2016, specializing in comparative politics and international relations. He has multiple research interests, all with the common theme of the prevention, emergence, management, and resolution of conflict through various processes—both democratic and otherwise, formal and informal, violent and nonviolent. His dissertation research focuses on how certain kinds of local governance institutions can better equip communities to manage conflicts, both internal and external. He has published in Conflict Management and Peace Science, and is co-author of Security, Development and the Fragile State: Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Policy (with David Carment and Yiagadeesen Samy), published by Routledge in 2010. He is an occasional commentator on electoral reform and other issues in the Ottawa Citizen, and his work has also appeared in the National Post and the Globe and Mail, among other outlets. 

Vincent Raynauld

Vincent Raynauld is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College (Boston, MA). His research interest lies mainly in political communication, social media, research methods, e-politics and journalism. He is also serving as a member of research network Démocratie Électronique, as a Research Fellow in Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, and as a Research Associate in the Recherche en Communication Politique based at Université Laval. He has also previously served as a Research Consultant for the Senate of Canada, releasing in 2012 a study of the structure of the flagship nightly newscasts of CBC/Radio-Canada at the request of Senator Pierre de Bané.

Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose is Associate Professor of Political Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. His research interests include political communication, political advertising, propaganda and mass media. He was educated at University of Toronto and Queen’s University, and in addition to Queen’s he has also taught courses at the International Studies Centre (Herstmonceux, UK), Charles University in Prague, Bratislava, Slovakia and Kwansei Gakuin in Osaka, Japan. He has provided advice to the Auditor General of Canada on government advertising and sponsorship, and is also a member of the Advertising Review Board for the Auditor General of Ontario, a board that enforces legislation regulating government advertising in Ontario. He was written a book on government advertising and a number of articles on political advertising. From 2006 to 2007 he was the Academic Director of the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, the first such body in Ontario and second in the world. 

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 perceptions of corruption and political representation, electoral politics and political trust. His training in quantitative methods includes coursework at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan in 2009 and 2010. He contributed to the 2014 publication Canadian Democracy from the Ground Up: Perceptions and Performance.

Stuart Soroka

Stuart Soroka is the Michael W. Traugott Collegiate Professor of Communication Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan, where he moved in the summer of 2014 from McGill University. He is also Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. His research mainly concerns political communication, the relationships between public policy, public opinion and mass media, and the sources and structure of public preferences for policy. He has written or co-edited four books, and other work has appeared in a wide range of books, journals and edited volumes. He is past director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive, and a member of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship.

Dietlind Stolle

Dietlind Stolle is Professor in Political Science at McGill University. Her research interests include political participation, diversity, political consumerism and social capital. She is the Director of the Inter-University Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, and was one of four co-investigators of the 2011 Canadian Election Survey. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Political Science Association. Her book Political Consumerism: Global Responsibility in Action, co-written with Michele Micheletti and published in 2013, won the Comparative Politics Book Prize, awarded by the Canadian Political Science Association. Her current projects concern Quebec student protests, Canadian youth, brain physiology and political decision-making. 

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. His doctoral research covers the growing number of all-party caucuses that serve to facilitate cross-party cooperation among politicians at the Canadian, British and Scottish Parliaments, as well as the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. He has worked in both chambers of the Canadian parliament, as a participant in the CPSA’s Parliamentary Internship Programme and later as a researcher in the office of Senator Yoine Goldstein. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Paul was a public affairs worker for Cancer Research UK. He presented a paper “Cooperation in a time of conflict: Exploring the growth of all-party groups in Canada” at the annual Conference of the Canadian Political Science Association in June 2015, and has also contributed to publications such as Public Sector Management and Provinces: Canadian Provincial Politics.

Livianna Tossutti

Livianna Tossutti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University, where she specializes in Canadian politics, comparative politics and methods. She was educated at Carleton University and the University of Windsor, and obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto. She is the co-author of Democracy, Diversity and Good Government: an Introduction to Politics in Canada, and the author of The Electoral Participation of Ethnocultural Communities; she has also written numerous articles on political behaviour, public opinion and integration policy, appearing 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. She is co-leader of the Optimizing Social, Cultural and Political Integration Research Domain, and she also co-edited Canada’s Politics: Democracy, Diversity and Good Government, the third edition of which is due to be released in 2016. 

André Turcotte

André Turcotte is Associate Professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication. He has provided public opinion research advice to many federal and provincial political parties across the years, in addition to several government bodies and prominent private sector firms; these organisations include the Ontario government, the CBC, the Royal Bank of Canada and CIBC. Between 1992 and 1993, Dr. Turcotte was the co-editor of The Gallup Poll, and he was part of the polling team for the Chrétien Liberals in the 1993 federal election, later serving as Official Pollster for the Reform Party of Canada between 1994 and 2000. During this time, he acted as a Political Commentator on all major Canadian TV networks. Other parties and leaders he has provided advice to include Laurence Decore, Joe Clark, Tony Clement, Chuck Strahl, and the Manitoba PCs. His most recent work includes “Boutique Populism” a chapter in Political Marketing in the US, and “Aboriginal-Canadians and Energy Literacy” in SPP Research Papers, both in 2014. He is to contribute a chapter entitled “Permanent Polling” to the upcoming peer-review book The Permanent Campaign in Canada, due to be published in 2017, and is also working on a book project entitled Economic Voting in Canada, 1988-2015

Christopher Waddell

Christopher Waddell is an associate professor and director of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication in Ottawa, also holding the school’s Carty Chair in Business and Financial Journalism. He joined Carleton in 2001 after ten 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 the Executive Producer of News Specials for CBC Television, responsible for all national news special and federal and provincial election coverage during those years. Between 1984 and 1991 he was at the Globe and Mail, where he occupied a number of positions including a Reporter in Report on Business, Economics Reporter in Ottawa (covering, among other things, the Canada-US free trade negotiations), and Ottawa Bureau Chief in the 1988 federal election. He was also the Associate Editor, and later National Editor, of the paper between 1990 and 1991. 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 PhD in Canadian history from York University in Toronto in 1981. He currently contributes to iPolitics as Associate Editor.