Born in Toronto, and educated at McMaster University (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MA), and the University of Rochester (PhD). Taught at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Windsor before coming to Wilfrid Laurier University in 1978. Member of the 1984 National Election Study team, and developer of national seat projection based upon electoral data and polls. He has authored or co-authored some 40 academic articles and book chapters, and over 250 newspaper oped columns. Since 2004 he has served as an election analyst, and headed the election decision desk for Global Television.
Public opinion and elections; the politics of policy-making; Canadian and American politics, research methodology. My recent writings have been on the topics of electoral systems, public opinion polls and single-issue interest groups. I have also developed a model for projecting parliamentary seat distributions, from popular vote or opinion polls.
My research interests continue to be in the area of electoral studies, and include frequent contributions of seat projections to the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion (LISPOP) website. In addition to academic research, I regularly contribute columns on various political issues — Canadian, American and international — to the Waterloo Region Record (more than 200 in number), as well as the Toronto Star, National Post and Ottawa Citizen.
My most significant research award was a SSHRC grant in conjunction with the 1984 Canadian National Election Study team. Whether or not it constitutes an achievement, I might note that in recent years I have increasingly been contacted by the news media during election campaigns.
I have served as a consultant and decision desk analyst for Global Television on its election night broadcast during 12 separate national, provincial and municipal elections across the country since 2004. In total I was contacted by various media representatives for more than 60 interviews during the 2014 Ontario provincial election, and more than 100 times in 2011.
I am willing to supervise MA students pursuing empirical projects, particularly in Canadian and American topics, or students interested in certain subjects relating to the Middle East.
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