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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Memorial University. I am also Director of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive (CORA) and Assistant Professor (adjunct) in the School of Policy Studies at Queen's University at Kingston, which houses CORA.
I specialize in the study of elections, voting and public opinion in the United States and Canada. While I have written on diverse topics, at present, I am especially interested in intersections between political behaviour and the social psychology of persuasion.
My previous research topics include voter turnout, public opinion on social policy, and political learning during election campaigns. More recently, I have been focused on two primary research topics: time-discounting in public opinion and the impact of polls on electoral democracy. Among other things, I am currently engaged in on-going experimental studies concerning (a.) the influence of political uncertainty on citizen support for policy trade-offs (i.e., policies involving an exchange of salient costs for salient benefits) and (b.) the effect of exposure to poll information on voting preferences. In addition, I am working on several projects concerning motivated reasoning in politics (e.g., see here).
Prior to my arrival at MUN in July, 2012, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University at Kingston.
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