Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies
The Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies pursues four main objectives:
- The creation of a vibrant academic and research environment for faculty members, guest researchers, undergraduate- and graduate students working on empirical democracy studies.
- The Promotion and Dissemination of Research tackling key challenges of contemporary democracies
- The Strengthening of academic and non-academic links between Germany and Canada
- The Fostering of ongoing dialogue between academia, the media and the wider public
The Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies is a research unit associated with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. The chair’s mandate is to study key challenges of contemporary democracies including those shaping Germany and Canada. Using methodological pluralism the chair tries to contribute to knowledge in the field of populism, election studies, public opinion research and political representation. Through conferences workshops and exchanges, the chair aims at bringing together faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Members of the chair also try to outreach to the media and wider communities in Germany and Canada.
Call For Papers and Conferences
October 5th and 6th 2023:
September 13-14th, 2022: Workshop:
September 30 and October 1, 2021:
Academic Conference: Muslim Immigrants and sense of identity and belonging in the Western World.
Research Chair Holder: Daniel Stockemer
Daniel Stockemer, is Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and since May 2021 chair holder of the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies. He hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut (2006), a teacher’s and Master’s degree from the University of Mannheim (2007), and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (2010). As the holder of the research chair, he see himself as an ambassador to Canadian German relations. His research focuses on key challenges of Germany and Canada, and representative democracies, more generally. These include (1) the effects of migration on political attitudes, (2) the populist tide that has swept the world, (3) transformations in the conduct of elections and the determinants of vote choice, and (4) unequal representation of various cohorts of the population including women, minorities and youth. Throughout his academic career, Daniel has published 5 single authored books, 3 edited volumes, 2 textbooks and more than 150 articles in peer reviewed journals. Daniel is very active in the discipline of political science and has several editorial commitments. Since the fall of 2019, he is an editor of the International Political Science Review, and in early 2020, he started editing the Springer Book Series in Electoral Politics.
Meet the Team
Abdelkarim Amengay is an Assistant Professor of political science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar, where he teaches graduate seminars on comparative politics and democratization. He holds a double Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are political behavior, political psychology, youth political representation, and populism in Western democracies and the MENA region. Dr. Amengay has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Studies Review, and Revue Française de science politique. Since 2021, he is also a member of Team Populism’s Expert Survey in charge of the Arab world and the editorial board of the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée.
Aksel Sundström is an associate professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg. He is the PI for the Quality of Government (QoG) Data, a venture that provides accessible data to the public on corruption and its correlates. He was recently a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxford for a spring semester and for his postdoc he was a Visiting Democracy Fellow at Harvard University for a full year.
Dr. Sundström’s research agenda is focused on comparative politics, often in a low-income setting, and he has two broader research interests: 1) the relationship between corruption and environmental politics, especially in African countries, and 2) the study of political representation, focusing on the absence of women and youth in political institutions.
He is the author of a large number of articles in international outlets. As an example of research output, the book Youth Without Representation, co-authored with Daniel Stockemer, is the first to examine young adults’ absence as candidates, legislators and ministers around the world (University of Michigan Press in late 2022).
Post Doctoral Fellow
Reza Arash is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Reza’s research focuses on elections and political behaviour, with a particular interest in studying negativity and cognitive biases in political communication. In his master thesis, he studied parties’ negative campaign strategies by analyzing the 2015 Canadian federal election. In his doctoral dissertation, Reza tries to understand the brain mechanisms that may shape and impact political decisions by looking at neuroscience models of value-based information processing and decision-making according to economic perspectives. In particular, he will assess negativity bias and selective exposure bias theories by analyzing how the human brain processes and reacts to political messages.
Kofi Arhin is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Ottawa. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Concordia University with a minor in law, justice and society (2016) and a Master of Arts in Political Science at the University of New Brunswick (2018). His main research interests include political psychology, political sociology, Right Wing Populism, party politics and identity politics. For his Master's, his research was focused on disengagement with the political system with an emphasis on youth disengagement including what would happen if the Canadian voting age were lowered to 16 years old. Since then, his research has shifted to a greater focus on far-right populist parties and political behaviour. He is currently working on his thesis entitled "How can we explain African American support for Donald Trump in the United States?".
Jean-Nicolas Bordeleau is a PhD student in political science with the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. He previously completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in political science and psychology at the Royal Military College of Canada and a master's degree in political science at the Université de Montréal. His research fits within the fields of political psychology and democracy studies, with particular focus on the role of citizens in democratic (in)stability. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, including International Journal and Democracy & Security.