Randy Besco

Randy Besco

Associate Professor

Randy Besco earned his PhD from Queen's University and was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the Social Sciences (REGSS) at Duke University. 

Randy's research draws on social-psychology to explore the role of identity in political behavior. His book project, Interests and Identities in Racialized Voting, examines what motivates racialized voters to support racialized candidates. Canadian Journal of Political Science, "Rainbow Coalitions or Inter-Minority Conflict" explores similar issues. Randy's current research focuses on the way that attacks and criticisms of identities affect motivation for political action. 

Ph.D. and M.A. Queen's University
B.A. Univeristy of Waterloo


Elections and public opinion, political psychology, immigration, race and ethnicity