I am currently Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. As of summer 2014, I will be Professor of Communication Studies and Faculty Associate in the Center for Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Most of my research focuses on political communication, the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and on the relationships between public policy, public opinion, and mass media. This site includes links to some of my recent work, as well the original datasets and software used in that work, and recent teaching.
- My new book, Negativity in Democratic Politics, is available from CUP. Related work on negativity is out in the IJPP.
- Other recent work in political communication includes work on the impact of public broadcasting on political knowledge (here), physiological experiments on the impact of television news (here) and political ads (here), and negativity in media coverage of the economy (here)
- Version 2.0 of Lexicoder has been released, as well as the Lexicoder Sentiment Dictionary.
- All work related to the Degrees of Democracy project (with Christopher Wlezien) is available on our website, here.
- A first paper from the 2011 Canadian Election Study team is out in CJPS; and CES working papers are available here.
- Other recent papers are available here.
- Videos from recent interviews/talks on negativity in policy, public opinion and policy, and healthcare are available on this page.
- Public wants bad political news, study finds, Toronto Star; the full research paper is available from the CPSA, here.
- Public broadcasting creates informed citizens - but only if we invest in it, Globe and Mail.
- Which way will PQ go on tuition?, Montreal Gazette.