Today I presented on my dissertation research at the “Lunch and Learn” series sponsored by the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy at Carleton University. It was a great opportunity to meet other graduate students and to get some feedback on my ideas while I’m still working on my proposal. I would like to thank Bill Cross for invitation, and also those who asked questions or raised new issues to consider.
I am very honoured to have been invited to become one of the Academic Advisors at Samara, an independent think-tank based in Toronto that studies citizen engagement with Canadian democracy (the charity is named for a “samara” – a winged seed, like a maple key). The Advisors include some of the most distinguished political scientists in Canada, and I am excited about to contributing to Samara’s work as it goes forward.