Welcome to my website! I am a Banting postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University. Beginning in July 2023, I will be an Assistant Professor of Canadian Politics in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Broadly speaking, I am interested in voting behaviour, political representation, public opinion, legislative politics, women & politics, partisanship and political methodology.
My research projects use a variety of quantitative methods. I employ observational data, experiments, as well as causal inference designs. Before Columbia, I earned my PhD in the Department of Political Science from l’Université de Montréal and my Honours BA and MA from the University of Toronto.
My dissertation, What Voters Want: Identifying Voter Preferences for Candidates, examines voters decisions of whom to support. In doing so, I focus on the following candidate characteristics: gender, age, occupation and incumbency. To address these questions, I built an original database of candidate-level observations for elections since 1867 in Canadian federal elections–the largest collection of this kind (downloaded on Dataverse over 3,000 times). The database includes variables for unique id (which standardizes candidates names across time), names of candidates, riding names, unique identification number for each riding, province, date of birth, gender, occupation, occupation categories, party affiliation, party categories, switchers, incumbency status, vote shares, raw votes, indigenous origins, candidates who identify as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community and so on. Here is more information about the data. You can find my dissertation here, which is comprised of six articles – all of which are published. I was awarded the 2022 SSHRC Impact Award in the Talent Category in part for my dissertation.
*If you are a first-generation student applying to political science Ph.D. programs or Canadian funded postdocs or grants (e.g. Banting, SSHRC, FRQSC), I would be more than happy to discuss and give comments on your materials.