Simon Kiss

Associate Professor Digital Media and Journalism

Wilfrid Laurier University


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.


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


  • 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

Public Spending Priorities in the 2018 and 2022 Ontario Elections

LISPOP commissioned a survey of voters during the 2022 election and we’ll be disseminating findings from it over the next few weeks. …

Private and Public School Enrolment in Ontario

Did you know that the share Ontario students attending private schools is creeping steadily up? Here are the numbers and then the story …

Private School Enrolment in Ontario

Our five year old is in Grade 1 this year obviously everyoen’s public school experience in Ontario has been severely impacted in the …

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 …

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 …

Opposition to carbon pricing and right-wing populism

We analyze a survey of Ontario voters to explain the victory of the right-wing populist Ontario Progressive Conservatives under Doug …

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 …

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 …


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



Data, Reproducibility and Open Science

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


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

Communications Director

Alberta New Democrat Caucus

Feb 1999 – Jan 2002 Edmonton, Alberta


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