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Economic Anxiety, Visible Minorities and Populism: Public Support for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
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Yesterday, I showed some data that showed that Rob Ford was very popular among visible minorities, which cast some doubt on the narrative that right-wing populism always thrives on xenophobia. Usually, scholars and commentators divide explanations for support for populism into an economics and values dichotomy. The economic story usually emphasizes the role that stagnating wages or an eroded welfare state play in generating frustration, anger or anxiety at the loss of class standing that leads to populism.




I am an avid user of the statistical software R for all my quantitative research projects.

Political Communication And Public Opinion

One of my major research interests is the field of political communication and public opinion. I have used both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine the influence of patterns of communication on political outcomes.

Politics of Risk Perception

The bulk of my research since arriving at Wilfrid Laurier University has been to investigate the politics of risk perception, particularly in regards to environmental issues.