New article on Canadian immigration and refugee policy attitudes published in Migration Studies

I’m happy to report that my long-in-gestation article on Canadian attitudes toward immigration and refugee policy has been published in Migration Studies. “Partisanship, local context, group threat, and Canadian attitudes towards immigration and refugee policy” is now online here.

I owe a special thanks to Keith Neuman of the Environics Institute for Survey Research for providing me with access to the Focus Canada 2015 survey data analyzed in the article.


New article on the 2015 Canadian federal election published in PS

My article with Harold Clarke, Tom Scotto, Marianne Stewart and Jason Reifler on voting in the 2015 Canadian federal election (with comparisons to voting in the 1968 Trudeau-Stanfield election) is now out in PS: Political Science & Politics. Our article can be found here.

Part of the fun in conducting the research for this article was revisiting the 1968 Canadian Election Study data and reweighting the data using present-day techniques for post-stratification weighting. The data were originally unweighted, and interestingly, the raw data had a rural tilt. It was especially fun digging up weighting targets from the 1966 and 1971 censes — geeky, but I care about sample representativeness and survey weighting.

Our article is part of a symposium on the state of Canadian politics on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and I’m honoured to be included among the authors who’ve written pieces on contemporary Canadian politics, public opinion, and Canada-US relations.

Headed to the University of Melbourne in July 2017

I’m very pleased to announce that I will be taking up a position as Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Political Science in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne in July 2017 where I will have responsibility for teaching quantitative methods at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Moving from Canada to Australia is obviously an exciting prospect, and I’m happy to be taking this adventure with my family. I’m also excited to have the opportunity to continue teaching quantitative social science research methods, and to push forward my research.

Canadian attitudes toward NAFTA, framing, and Trump

I’ve published a blog post over at the LISPOP Opinion Policy Nexus that reports on a survey experiment I ran looking at what a “Trump frame” (framing a policy goal as one desired/pursued by the Trump administration) does to public support abroad, looking specifically at Canadian attitudes toward renegotiating NAFTA.

The upshot is that a majority of Canadians (3 in 5) support renegotiating NAFTA until you mention you-know-who. Support then drops by a full 23 points, well out of majority opinion territory. The results thus have implications for American foreign policy, public diplomacy, and the study of global attitudes toward the US. The post can be found here.

Thanks go to the great team at Ipsos Public Affairs who conducted the survey fieldwork. (Part of why they’re great is that they hire my former students!)