Featured Faculty Research

Professor Armstrong

Dave Armstrong

Named Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Political Methodology, Professor Armstrong will focus on how to bring new research tools into Social Science. A traditional quantitative approach in Social Science focuses on testing hypotheses in smaller groups or samples and infers conclusions about the entire population from that information. 

Professor Stephenson

Professor Laura StephensonHeading a new Western-led partnership that aims to take the pulse of Canadian democracy (Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-dem) and improve the health of electoral participation with a newly awarded $2.5 million from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).

Professor Alcantara

Professor Chris Alcantara

Professor Alcantara, together with a team of researchers from Guelph University, received $371,300 from the Insight Grants program of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) to study collaborative relationships between First Nations and municipalities in Ontario towards the goal of creating water-sharing agreements.

Professor Quinn

Associate Professor Joanna Quinn

Professor Quinn, has been selected as President-Elect of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada. The RSC is Canada's first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership who, at an early stage in their career, have demonstrated a high level of achievement. 

Professor Bousfield

Dan Bousfield


Professor Bousfield is the 2017 recipient of the Marilyn Robinson Award for Excellence in Teaching at Western. Bousfield’s aim is to make the learning experience more accessible for his students, experimenting with technology and social media in his classes aiming to make lessons applicable for students. 



Professor Taylor

Professor Zack Taylor

The Faculty of Social Science has awarded a Faculty Research Development Fund grant to Professor Taylor, who will use it to digitize neighbourhood-scale data from the 1951, 1956, 1961, and 1966 Canadian Census and  has also published his new book, Shaping the Metropolis: Institutions and Urbanization in the United States and Canada.

Professor Harmes

Professor Adam Harmes Book Cover

In the first comprehensive account of the left-right politics of multilevel governance across federal, regional, and global levels, Professor Harmes identifies both free-market and interventionist political projects related to fiscal federalism in his new book, The Politics of Fiscal Federalism: Neoliberalism vs Social Democracy in Multilevel Governance published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019.

Professor Turgeon

Professor Mathieu Turgeon


Professor Turgeon focuses his research on political behaviour, studying how citizens form and develop political opinions and process political information. His previous research has focused on political behaviour in a variety of countries, including Canada, France, the US and Brazil. Most of his recent work researched the impact of compulsory voting regulations in Brazil. 

Professor Finneron-Burns

Professor Elizabeth-Finneron Burns


Researching obligations to future generations, Professor Finneron-Burns investigates how we make decisions related to these concerns. It's obvious that many of the policy decisions we make will affect the quality of life future people will enjoy.  Finneron-Burns takes these considerations a step further, and looks at how our responses to concerns may impact how many people, and who, may even exist in the future.