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Simon Kiss

Associate Professor Digital Media and Journalism

Wilfrid Laurier University

Biography

I am a political scientist at Wilfrid Laurier University in Brantford, Canada. My primary interests are in the fields of political communication, public opinion and political parties. I am originally from Edmonton, Alberta, and did my undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Alberta. After some time in Germany, including a fascinating internship at the German Bundestag, the Canadian embassy and a leading national television political talk show, I returned to Kingston, Ontario to do my graduate work. I obtained my PhD from Queen’s University in 2008 and then moved back to Germany to do my post-doctoral work at the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies.

Interests

  • Political communication
  • Political parties
  • Public opinion
  • Risk perception

Education

  • PhD in Political Science, 2008

    Queen's University, Kingston

  • MA in Political Science, 2003

    Queen's University, Kingston

  • BA (Hons.) Political Science, 1999

    University of Alberta, Edmonton

  • Exchange Semester, 1997

    Philipps-Universität Marburg

Recent Posts

Text Expander Footnotes

I’ve discovered a neat way to use TextExpander to make authoring slides in Markdown go much more quickly.

Academic Hiring in Ontario

Introduction Alex Usher has a series of recent blog posts here, here, here and here looking at academic versus non-academic …

Research Assistantship Examining Class Voting in Canada

Job Description We are seeking a part-time research assistant for the Fall of 2019 to assist a SSHRC-funded research project examining …

Chiropractic Care For Ontario Social Assistance Recipients?!?!

There was a report in the Waterloo Region Record recently that caught my eye. The province and the Region of Waterloo have partnered to …

Using R To Extract Census Data from Statistics Canada

I’ve noticed that Statistics Canada seems to lag other national statistical agencies in making their data available in user friendly …

Recent Publications

Beyond Regions and Ideology: Using Cultural Theory to Explain Risk Perception in Canada

Cultural Theory (CT) has been widely used to explain variations in risk perception but has rarely been tested in Canada.This …

Right-wing populism in a metropolis

Elections such as the UK “Brexit” referendum, Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the presidency, and the growth of the Alternative for …

The Ambiguous Definitions of Open Government

We present the results of a 2014 survey of Canadian parliamentarians, journalists and bloggers in which respondents were asked to rank …

Balanced Journalism Amplifies Minority Positions

Background Public opinion surveys usually report majority support for fluoridation in North America. Yet many local plebiscites produce …

Public Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) in Canada

Public Perceptions of Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking) in Canada: Corporate Ownership, Issue Familiarity, and Cultural Bias

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Adapting A Cultural Theory of Risk To The Canadian Context

Data Gaps and Provincial Politics aims to uncover sources of data on elections, election rules, party finance, party platforms, …

Motivated Reasoning And Risk Management

Economic Anxiety, Visible Minorities and Populism: Public Support for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Recent election results such as the UK ‘Brexit’ referendum on the European Union, Donald Trump’s ascendency to the …

Syracuse

This talk presents the findings on the ambiguous definition of open government.

Projects

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Data, Reproducibility and Open Science

The natural and social sciences are moving more and more to requiring the sharing of code and data.

R

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

Social Democracy

What are the prospects for social democratic parties in post-industrial societies?

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 …

Politics of Risk Perception

The bulk of my research since arriving at Wilfrid Laurier University has been to investigate the politics of risk perception, …

Professional Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Public Affairs Officer

University of Alberta

Feb 2002 – Sep 2002 Edmonton
Responsibilities include:

  • Analysing
  • Modelling
  • Deploying
 
 
 
 
 

Communications Director

Alberta New Democrat Caucus

Feb 1999 – Jan 2002 Edmonton, Alberta

Contact

  • 519-756-8228
  • 73 George Street, Brantford, ON N2L1Z9
  • Enter the Brantford Research and Academic Building and go to the third floor; I am the office closest to the stairwell
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