Political Behaviour Research Group Series

The PBRG Speaker Series is supported by the Department of Political Science, the Faculty of Social Science, and the Office of the Vice-President (Research and International Relations). We gratefully acknowledge their contributions.

2018-2019 Seminars

Speaker: Charles Crabtree, PhD Candidate, University of Michigan
Topic: The Politics of Discriminatory Policing
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 5220

2016-2017 Seminars

Speaker: André Blais, world-renowned expert on turnout and political behaviour.  His 2000 book, "To Vote of Not To Vote", was inspired by discussions with our very own Professor Emeritus, Bob Young.
Topic: Do I Wish To Vote?
Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM
Location: Social Science Centre, Room 4161


Speaker: Jordan Mansell, D. Phil Candidate, Oxford University, BA & MA, Western University
Topic: Unpacking the Evolutionary Influences fo Political Ideology: Implicit Attitudes as Social Cues
Date: Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4112

2014-2015 Seminars

Speaker:  Elisabeth Gidengil, McGill University
Topic:  Political Socialization and Voting: The Parent-Child Link in Turnout
Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:15 PM
Location: SSC 4255


Speaker: Scott McClurg, Southern Illinois University
Topic: Mechanisms of Disagreement
Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4255
Abstract: Mechanisms of Disagreement
How does political disagreement in social networks actually shape political behavior? While the research demonstrates that interpersonal disagreement relates to a variety of political outcomes, it is much more ambiguous with respect to potential mechanisms of influence. We focus on voter decision-making, and posit two models of effects: social stimuli may shape our vote choices by altering how we search for information, or by serving as "cue-like" shortcuts that quickly remind us of how we should vote.

Past Seminars

Speaker: Steve Weldon, Simon Fraser University and Western
Topic: Who Controls the Party? Intraparty Power and Electoral Positioning
Date: Monday September 30, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4112


Speaker: Daniel Rubenson, Ryerson University
Topic: Exogenous Institutional Variation and Sudden Changes in Social Preferences: Evidence from a Property Rights Field Experiment in Mongolia
Date: Friday October 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4255


Speaker: Miranda Goode, Ivey Business School
Topic: Consumer Identity:  Cues, Boundaries, and Salience
Date: Monday, November 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4112


Speaker: Neil Bendle, Ivey Business School
Topic: Primary Elections, Indirect Prejudice and the Dangers of Considering Other's Preferences
Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4255


Speaker: Susan Delacourt, Western BA 1982, Senior Writer on Federal Politics, Toronto Star
Topic: Shopping for Votes
Date: Monday, March 3, 2014
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
Location: SSC 3018


Speaker: Chris Cochrane, University of Toronto
Topic: TBA
Date: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: SSC 4255


Speaker: Marc Guinjoan, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Topic: Adressing the Determinants of Corruption in Single Member District Counties
Date: April 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Speaker: David P. Redlawsk, Professor, Political Science & Director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest, Polling, Rutgers University
Topic: Fighting the Facts: Processes of Motivated Reasoning
Date: March 18, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Speaker: Jeffery J. Mondak, Professor, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Topic: The Vicarious Bases of Perceived Injustice
Date: February 26, 2013
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Speaker: Cameron D. Anderson & Laura B. Stephenson, Western University
Topic: CSocial Networks, Conflict, Personality and Partianship
Date: October 22, 2012
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM


Speaker: Éric Bélanger, McGill University
Topic: Economic Voting and Perceptions of Party Conpetence of the Economy
Date: September 24, 2012
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 PM