My research and teaching revolves around the politics of bureaucracy, and the bureaucracy of politics. This includes:
- elections / electioneering
- comparative public policy
- intergovernmental relations
- political acumen / acuity
I also teach and publish in Canadian politics, provincial parties and elections, and research methodology, with a particular focus on the study of political culture, and Alberta parties & elections.
My major ongoing research projects include:
- Alberta Provincial Election Project: a survey and social media study surrounding the 2019 provincial election
- Alberta Political Culture Project: an ethnographic study of the unspoken norms and values underpinning the province's politics
- Coordinating Federalism: a comparative analysis of the national policy-making influence of the Council of the Federation and National Governors' Association
- The Politics of Pot: a study of cannabis legalization in the Canadian provinces
- Party Switchers: a study of floor-crossing in the Canadian provinces
- Public Servants' Role: a study of the role of public servants in 21st century democracy
I am also co-authoring The Public Servant's Guide to Government in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2019).
I have served as principal investigator of the SSHRC-funded "Comparative Provincial Elections Project", which studied provincial elections in every jurisdiction between 2011 and 2015. In addition to my books -- Code Politics: Campaigns and Cultures on the Canadian Prairies (UBC Press, 2011); Disengaged?: Fixed Date, Democracy, and Understanding the 2011 Manitoba Election (co-edited with Andrea Rounce, University of Regina Press); Big Worlds: Politics and Elections in the Canadian Provinces and Territories (editor, University of Toronto Press, 2015), and Inside Canadian Politics (co-author with Alex Marland, Oxford University Press, 2016) -- I have published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Prairie Forum, and several recent books.