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Eric Guntermann

About Eric

I am a political scientist focusing on the relationship between political elites and ordinary citizens. I study the representation of citizens' preferences by governments and legislators as well as the influence of political elites on citizens' opinions. I am particularly interested in how motivated reasoning sometimes leads citizens to adopt political parties' positions and in how it sometimes gives elites incentives to follow citizens' preferences. I am currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy at the Université de Montréal, where I am working on comparative voting behaviour and representation with Ruth Dassonneville.

I have a PhD in political science from the Université de Montréal. My dissertation, "Parties and Nationalism: Assessing the Influence of Parties on Support for Regional Nationalism in Spain" was co-supervised by André Blais and Ignacio Lago (Universitat Pompeu Fabra). I defended it in November 2016. I was awarded the Pierre LeFrançois Award for Best Dissertation from the Department of Political Science at the Université de Montréal. My field exams were in comparative politics and political behaviour.

My major research interests are comparative politics, political behaviour, European politics, public opinion, representation, elite influence, elections, political methodology, experimentation, and text analysis.

I have a strong interest in quantitative methods. I attended four sessions of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) summer program where I took courses on Advanced Regression, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Bayesian Statistics, Scaling, Time Series, and more. I returned to ICPSR in summer 2016, where I worked as a teaching assistant for the Time Series Analysis I: Introduction and Time Series Analysis II: Advanced Topics workshops. In summer 2017, I worked as a teaching assistant for Regression Analysis II: Linear Models.

Over the past few years, I have been teaching methods workshops, most of which are available online. Check out my Methods section.

Eric Guntermann