My research and teaching revolves around Western Canadian politics and public administration, including multi-order governance, intergovernmental relations, and federalism. At present, my research program focuses on comparative provincial politics and public policy, and the politics of bureaucracy. I also teach and publish in research methodologies, with a particular focus on the study of political culture.
Major ongoing research projects include a comparative analysis of the national policy-making influence of the Council of the Federation and National Governors' Association, and a study of marijuana policy reform in the Canadian provinces.
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 (cpep.ualberta.ca). 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.