I'm a political theorist. My primary research interests are democratic deliberation, communication, decision making, citizenship, and social media. I completed a PhD in political science at the University of British Columbia in the spring of 2017. These days, I'm a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Ottawa in the Department of Communication and I’m also affiliated with the Simon Fraser University Scholarly Communications Laboratory, where I'm working on a project focused on how knowledge circulates on the internet and what that means for citizen participation in contemporary democracies.
I'm also working on a SSHRC-funded project at UBC led by Chris Tenove and Mark Warren. We are researching digital threats to democracy, including microtargeting, Big Data, fake news, bots, and hacking. We'd like to know what the nature of these threats is, which democratic goods they threaten, and what we might do in response.
Peer Reviewed Articles:
- "When is Deliberation Democratic?" Journal of Public Deliberation, Volume 12, Issue 2. (Co-authored with Mark E. Warren.) 2017.
Articles Under Consideration:
- "Can We Deliberate? Motivated Reasoning, Autonomy, and the Epistemic Defense of Democratic Deliberation."
- "Have You Seen This? Why Columnists Share Scholarly Research On Social Media." (Co-authored with Juan Pablo Alperin.)
- "Forced to be Free? The Case for Compelling Citizens to Serve on Policy Juries." In progress.
- The Psychology of Democratic Deliberation: From Practice to System. Dissertation, University of British Columbia. Spring 2017.
- An Electoral System for All: Why Canada Should Adopt Proportional Representation. The Broadbent Institute. Report 2016.
- Electoral Reform in Canada: Rapporteur’s Report. Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, UBC. Report. Co-authored with Megan Dias and Spencer McKay.2016.
Selected Conference Presentations:
- “Deliberation and Democracy,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2016.
- “What to make of the epistemic defense of deliberative democracy?,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association; Ottawa, Ontario. 2015.
- “Can we deliberate? The challenge of motivated reasoning to autonomous and rational deliberation,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association; Las Vegas, Nevada. 2015.
- “Deliberative citizenship and autonomy,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Political Science Association; Chicago, Illinois. 2014.