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Dr. Richard Johnston

Professor and Canada Research Chair
in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation
University of British Columbia

Dr. Richard Johnston, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation University of British Columbia

Richard Johnston (PhD Stanford) is Professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at UBC. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University (Mackenzie King chair, 1994-5), and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the European University Institute, and a visiting fellow at MZES, Mannheim and at the Australian National University.

He is the author or co-author of five books, three on Canadian politics and two on US Politics. He has co-edited four other books and has written over 80 articles and book chapters. He has won three book prizes and four best paper prizes. He was Principal Investigator of the 1988 and 1992-3 Canadian Election Studies and Research Director for the National Annenberg Election Survey (Penn), 2000-8. He has also been involved in the design and analysis of the Vote Compass, now a regular part of the CBC's engagement of campaigns.

Johnston's work with these and other surveys regularly has campaigns as their special focus. He has been a pioneer in developing our conceptualization of campaigns as media phenomena as well as in the analytic foundations for studying them. During campaigns, he appears frequently in the broadcast media and thinks a lot about how to convey academic knowledge to non-specialist audiences.



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