Working Papers


Spatial Proximity to Mosques and Political Behaviour (with Timothy B. Gravelle & Alessandro Nai):
The project examines whether the presence of a mosque within the everyday life of voters, in Switzerland and the Netherlands, has an effect on their political behaviour.

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.

Negative Partisanship

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.

Electoral Love and Hate:
The paper compares the relative influence of attraction and repulsion towards parties and party leaders in the United States, Australia and Canada.


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 Minorities in Canada (with
Benjamin Forest:
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.

Visible Minorities in the 2018 Toronto Municipal Election (with
Benjamin Forest & Chris Erl):
This paper uses the natural experiment feasture of boundary modifications to explore the candidacy of visible minorities:

Gender and The Populist Radical Left (with Lydia Reinders &
Ruth Dassonneville):
This study uses data from an original expert survey administered in the Netherlands, Denmark, and Sweden to estimate the positions of parties regarding gender equality.

Right-Wing Populism and Gender in the Netherlands (with Melisa Can):
The paper explores the impact of citizens' attitudes towards gender equality on vote choice in the Netherlands.

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.

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.

Current Projects

Sub-State Nationalism in 3D (with
Jean-Philippe Gauvin):
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.

Municipal Candidates Survey (with
Colin Scott):
The project aims to understand the factors that determine local candidates' policy positions on important political issues. The survey was administered to candidates in the 2017 Quebec municipal elections and the 2018 local elections in Ontario, British Columbia and Belgium.

Federal and Provincial Elections Expert Surveys (with
Jean-Philippe Gauvin):
The project measures the positions of political parties on a range of sociopolitical issues. The project includes data from federal elections (2015 & 2019), and provincial elections in Quebec (2014 & 2018), Alberta (2019), Manitoba (2019), Newfoundland (2019), and PEI (2019). The project will continue to collect data for upcoming federal and provincial elections.

2019 European Parliament Election Expert Survey (with
Alessandro Nai, Jürgen Maier, Michaela Maier, Nina Wiesehomeier, Carlos Jalali, & D.J. Flynn):
The dataset includes the stances of political parties on several sociopolitical issues as well as campaign dynamics related to the parties, and the Spitzenkandidaten, for 28 European countries.

Party Competition and Election Violence in Constituencies Across the World (with
Ursula E. Daxecker):
The project assesses the impact of electoral competition between parties at the constituency-level on the risk for election violence.