Article on American attitudes toward the US-Mexico border wall now out in Political Geography

After two long submission cycles (the second involving two round of reviews), I’m both happy and relieved that my article on attitudes toward the US-Mexico border wall is now out in Political Geography.

I draw on data from 2005-2006 up to late 2016 (during the presidential election) to look at how attitudes are shaped by proximity to the US-Mexico border, partisanship, ideology, and importantly the varying effects of partisanship and ideology over time. I hope this research contributes to a better understanding of the American public’s attitudes on this timely political issue.

I’m very grateful for the assistance (and data) from a number of people and organizations that made this project possible: Courtney Kennedy and Samantha Smith of the Pew Research Center, Chris Jackson of Ipsos Public Affairs, and Patrick Murray and Timothy Tracey of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The article is available here.

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New article on Canadian attitudes toward Muslims published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science

My article on majority-group Canadians’ attitudes toward Muslims in Canada has been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science.

I use data from the 2011 and 2015 Canadian Election Study surveys to examine the effects of party identification, local context, and intergroup contact. In terms of the “context versus contact” debate in the intergroup relations literature, the results point to the importance of positive intergroup contact with little effect of local demographic context.

The article is online in early view here.

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.