Mathieu Turgeon

Associate Professor

Mathieu Turgeon

PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 84929
Office: Social Science Centre 7223

Research Interests

Mathieu Turgeon's research interests center on political behaviour, including voting and elections, public opinion, political psychology, political participation, and on statistical, experimental and survey methodology.  His work is comparative and extends to Brazil, the U.S., France, Canada, and Latin America, more generally. His work has been published in English, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

Current Research Projects

Mathieu Turgeon is currently working on two large research projects, one on compulsory voting and the other on public opinion on affirmative action in Brazil. The project on compulsory voting has two main objectives: 1) estimating the impact of compulsory voting on turnout; and, 2) examining voters’ knowledge of the law concerning compulsory voting and its effect on their decision to vote or not. The second project seeks to examine and explain support for affirmative action policies (racial and other quotas in university admissions and hiring) in Brazil.

Selected Publications

Scholarly Books (Authored & Co-Authored)

  • 2017: Nadeau, Richard, Éric Bélanger, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Mathieu Turgeon, and François Gélineau. Latin American Elections: Choice and Change. University of Michigan Press.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • Borges, André and Mathieu Turgeon (forthcoming). “Presidential coattails in coalitional presidentialism.” Party Politics.
  • 2017: Turgeon, Mathieu, and Éric Bélanger. “Institutions and attribution of responsibility outside the electoral context: a look at French semi-presidentialism.” European Political Science Review 9(2): 209-231.
  • 2015: Turgeon, Mathieu, Éric Bélanger, and Richard Nadeau. “French popularity functions: different measures, different determinants?” French Politics 13(3): 266-286.
  • 2014: Bélanger, Éric, Richard Nadeau, Mathieu Turgeon, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, and Martial Foucault. “Patrimony and French presidential vote choice: evidence from the 2012 Election.” French Politics 12(1): 59-68.
  • 2012: Turgeon, Mathieu, and Lucio Rennó. “Forecasting Brazilian presidential elections: solving the N problem.” International Journal of Forecasting 28(4): 804-812.
  • 2011: Fournier, Patrick, Mathieu Turgeon, André Blais, Joanna Everitt, Elisabeth Gidengil, and Neil Nevitte. “Deliberation from within: changing one’s mind during an interview.” Political Psychology 32(5): 885-919.
  • 2010: Hayes, Danny, and Mathieu Turgeon. “A Matter of distinction: candidate polarization and information processing in election campaigns.” American Politics Research 38(1): 165-192.
  • 2009: Turgeon, Mathieu. “‘Just thinking’: attitude development, public opinion, and political representation.” Political Behavior 31(3): 353-378.

Current Working Papers

  • Bélanger, Éric, and Mathieu Turgeon. “Dual ballot effects on French presidential vote choice.” (under review)
  • Lloyd, Ryan, and Mathieu Turgeon. "Measuring Vote Buying through Polling Error." (under review) 
  • Borges, André, Mathieu Turgeon, and Adrian Albala. "Electoral incentives to coalition formation in multiparty presidential systems." 
  • Luskin, Robert, Mathieu Turgeon, and Bruno Cautrès. “The conditioning of vote choice by political sophistication from several perspectives: the case of France.”
  • Turgeon, Mathieu, and Philip Habel. “Understanding the role of prejudice, ideology, and self- interest in political attitudes toward affirmative action in Brazil.”
  • Turgeon, Mathieu, and Philip Habel. “Attitudes toward affirmative action policies among whites and blacks: a survey experiment in Brazil.”
  • Turgeon, Mathieu, and André Blais. “Am I obliged to vote? A regression discontinuity analysis of compulsory voting with ill-informed voters.”
  • Gélineau, François, Yannick Dufresne, and Mathieu Turgeon. “The individual and institutional determinants of electoral accountability in three Latin American federal regimes.”
  • Turgeon, Mathieu, Pedro Cavalcante, and Ryan Lloyd."Malapportionment in the Representation of the Chamber of Deputies: An Analysis of the Effects on Brazil’s Party System"
  • Turgeon, Mathieu, Pedro Cavalcante, and Jean-François Godbout. “Malapportionment, pork, and executive-legislative relations: the case of Brazilian presidentialism.”  

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2017: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq). Research Grant. Project title: “Compulsory voting in Brazil and turnout.” Participating researchers: André Blais, Julian Borba, Ednaldo Ribeiro, and Ryan Lloyd. R$103,380; 2017-2019.
  • 2016: British Council: Researcher Links. Co-PI with Philip Habel. Grant to organize a workshop in Brasilia (Brazil), co-financed by the Fundacao de Apoio a Pesquisa do Distrito Federal. Workshop title: “Pathways to Social and Economic Welfare: Considering Affirmative Action Policies in Brazil.” £44,000; 6-9 December 2016.
  • 2016: Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior (CAPES-Brazil) and Fundacao para a Ciencia e a Tecnologia (FCT-Portugal). Co-PI with José Viegas. Project title: “Institutions, attitudes and political behavior: Brazil and Portugal in a comparative perspective.” R$10,000, US$16,824, €53,010; 2016-2018.
  • 2016: Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico e Tecnologico (CNPq). Research Fellowship. Project title: “The role of ideology on political attitudes and behavior in Latin America.” R$39,600; 2016-2019.
  • 2016: Editor of the Revista Brasileira de Ciencia Politica; 2016-2018.
  • 2015: British Academy: Newton Advanced Fellowship. Co-PI with Philip Habel. Project title: “The Causes and Consequences of Public Opinion on Affirmative Action Policies in Brazil.” £36,801; September 2015 - September 2016.
  • 2007: AAPOR Seymor Sudman Student Paper Award, American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).