Working Papers


Explaining Political Candidates’ Support for a Ban on Religious Symbols (with Colin Scott):
The survey experiment, administered to candidates in the 2017 Quebec municipal elections, explores factors that make candidates more or less supportive of restricting religious symbols.

Support for Bilingualism Policies (with
Åsa von Schoultz & Hanna Wass):
This study aims at outlining the factors driving support for bilingualism in Canada and Finland and how support for bilingualism can independently influence political behaviour.

Religion, Partisanship and Vote Choice:
The study investigates whether the influence of religious self-identification on vote choice in Bavaria is mediated through positive partisanship and/or negative partisanship.

The Influence of Ethnicity in Ethnic Conflicts:
Using a historical comparison of Kosovo Albanians and Vojvodina Hungarians’ relations with the Yugoslav state, this paper examines to what extend social factors related to ethnicity can impact the outbreak of group conflict.


Non-Contiguous Ridings and Minority Representation (with
Benjamin Forest):
The study explores the possibility that non-contiguous electoral ridings could increase the political representation of minorities in Canada.

The Candidate Selection Process for Women in Canada (with
Benjamin Forest & Chris Erl):
This paper uses a mixed-methods analytical framework to explore the factors that impacted the selection of female candidates in the 2015 Canadian federal election.

Sub-State Nationalism

What Drives Federal Culture? (with
Jean-Philippe Gauvin):
The study explores whether territorial factors are stronger determinants of federal culture in Canada than sociodemographic characteristics and ideology.

Right-Wing Populism and Quebec Nationalism (with
Alexandre Blanchet):
The paper investigates the influence of authoritarianism, nativism and populism on support for Quebec secession.

Multi-Dimensional Ideology and Support for Independence in the 2014 Scottish Referendum (with
Jean-Philippe Gauvin):
The study uses a multi-dimensional ideological framework to explore the impact of ideology on the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.

Survey Methodology

The Impact of Binary versus Non-Binary Gender Questions (with
Patrick Öhberg & Benjamin Forest):
This survey experiment explores the reaction of respondents in the United States, Canada and Sweden to non-binary gender questions.

Current Projects

Representing Diversity (with
Benjamin Forest):
This project studies the selection and election of women and minority candidates in Canada, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom by using both quantitative and qualitative data. This project evaluates the relative influence of the demographic composition of electoral districts, party organizations and party elites on women and minority candidates’ selection and election.

The Face of Diversity (with
Benjamin Forest and Spencer Piston):
The continuous increase of minorities in Western countries has led to ethnic/racial identities becoming more complex. This is also the case for political candidates, for whom ethnic/racial background can be difficult for electors to determine. This project is collecting original survey data from the United States and Canada to investigate the relationship between ethnically/racially ambiguous candidates and electors.

Sub-State Nationalism in 3D (with
Jean-Philippe Gauvin & Chris Chhim):
This continuing project applies a three-dimensional ideological framework – economic, social and centre-periphery – rather than the conventional one or two dimensions to refine our understanding of public opinion and vote choice in ethnoregional contexts.