Associate Professor Peter Loewen

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Degrees:  Ph.D., Université de Montréal , B.A., Mount Allison University 

Email:       peter.loewen@utoronto.ca

Phone:      (905) 569 4966

Office:        DV 3294

Office Hours: TBA

Website: http://individual.utoronto.ca/loewen

Research interests include Canadian politics, elections, political behaviour, genopolitics, behavioural economics and experimentation. Has published articles in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, Party Politics, West European Politics, Canadian Journal of Political Science and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, as well as numerous chapters. He has three current research projects.  The first is aimed at understanding how individual differences – which we may understand as dispositional, longstanding, and occasionally fundamental psychological and behavioural differences between people – matter for political behaviour. The second is interested in understanding the representational behaviour of politicians and political elites. Broadly speaking, this research is interested in the decisions and actions taken by these elites when presented with a representational opportunity or challenge. This research combines natural experiments, field experiments, and, in the future, extensive interviewing and survey experimentation. The third involves work on the methods of experimental and survey research.

His research is funded by SSHRC, the European Research Council, and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development. He is Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science and a collaborator on the Canadian Election Study