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McGregor, Michael



PhD (Political Science): University of Western Ontario




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Dr. Michael McGregor is Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.  In addition to holding a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario (UWO), he holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from the University of Waterloo and a BSc (Eng.) in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph.

Prior to joining Ryerson University in Juily 2016, Dr. McGregor was Assistant Professor at Bishop's University (Sherbrooke), where he has taught courses in Canadian politics, provincial politics, political behaviour, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and public administration.

Research Interests:

Dr. McGregor’s scholarly interests include a variety of questions related to the study of elections and electors in Canada. His recent efforts have been focused largely upon the local level. He is the principal investigator (PI) of the Canadian Municipal Election Study, a large-scale study of the attitudes and behaviour of voters and non-voters towards elections in eight cities (in 2017 and 2018). Professor McGregor and co-investigators -- Cameron Anderson (Western), Éric Bélanger (McGill), Sandra Breux (INRS), Jack Lucas (Calgary), Scott Matthews (Memorial), Anne Mévellec (Ottawa), Aaron Moore (Winnipeg), Laura Stephenson (Western), Erin Tolley (Toronto) -- and collaborator Olivia Chow (Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson) have been awarded a SSHRC Insight Award valued at $281,536 for the period 2017-2021, for this project. The application was ranked first of 84 applications to the Political Science and Public Administration committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dr. McGregor also holds an Early Researcher Award (2018-2023) from the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science that will support the Canadian Municipal Election Study by facilitating the hiring of a post doctoral fellow and several graduate students over the period of the grant.  Dr. McGregor was also the PI of the 2014 Toronto Election Study. 

Selected Publications:

  • “Partisanship, Motivated Reasoning and the Notwithstanding Clause: The Case of Provincially Imposed Redistricting in the City of Toronto” (with Cameron Anderson and Scott Pruysers). Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, forthcoming.
  • “Incumbency and Competitiveness in City Council Elections: How Accurate Are Voter Perceptions?” (with Cameron Anderson and Scott Pruysers). Canadian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • “Are City Elections Unique? Perceptions of Electoral Cleavages and Social Sorting Across Levels of Government” (with Jack Lucas).  Electoral Studies, forthcoming.
  • “Survey Recruitment Messages and Reported Turnout: An Experimental Study” (with Scott Pruysers, Nicole Goodman, and Zac Spicer).  Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties, forthcoming.
  • "Gender, Race and Political Ambition: The Case of the Ontario School Board Elections" (with Adrienne Davidson and Myer Siemiatycki). Canadian Journal of Political Science, forthcoming.
  • “National Identity, Attentiveness and the Two Sides of Partisanship: The Case of the 2015 Canadian Federal Election” (with Cameron Anderson). National Identities 22:3 (June 2020): 347-366.
  • “Politics and Religion: Identifying the Correlates of Support for Merging the Public and Separate School Systems in Ontario” (with Adrienne Davidson and Jack Lucas). Canadian Journal of Education 43:1 (March 2020): 229-257.
  • “Who has School Spirit? Explaining Voter Participation in School Board Elections” (with Jack Lucas). Canadian Journal of Political Science 52:4 (December 2019): 923-936.
  • “Voters who Abstain: Explaining Abstention and Ballot Roll-off in the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election.”  Urban Affairs Review 54:6 (November 2018): 1081-1106.
  • “Implementation intentions, Information, and Voter Turnout: An Experimental Study” (with Cameron Anderson and Peter Loewen). Political Psychology 39:5 (October 2018): 2089-1103.
  • “Sins of the Brother: Partisanship and Accountability in Toronto 2014” (with Laura Stephenson and Aaron Moore). In Accountability and Responsiveness at the Local Level: Views from Canada, eds. Sandra Breux and Jérôme Couture, 23-48. Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2018.
  • "Another Digital Divide? Evidence that Elimination of Paper Voting Could Lead to Digital Disenfranchisement" (with Nicole Goodman, Jérôme Couture​ and Sandra Breux). Policy and Internet 10:2 (June 2018): 164-84.
  • "Voting 'Ford' or Against: Understanding Strategic Voting in the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election" (with Nicholas Caruana, Aaron Moore and Laura Stephenson). Social Science Quarterly 99:1 (March 2018): 231-45.
  • “Why so Few Women and Minorities in Local Politics? Incumbency and Affinity Voting in Low Information Elections" (with Aaron Moore, Samantha Jackson, Karen Bird and Laura B.  Stephenson).  Representation 53:2 (2017): 135-52.
  • “Political Opportunity Structures and the Representation of Women and Visible Minorities in Municipal Elections” (with Zac Spicer and Christopher Alcantara). Electoral Studies 48 (August 2017): 10-18.
  • “Persuasion, Partisanship and Evaluations of National Conditions and Governmental Impact: An Experimental Study” (with Cameron Anderson).  American Review of Canadian Studies 47:1 (January 2017): 53-73.
  • “Economic Voting and Multi-Level Governance: The Case of Toronto” (with Cameron Anderson, Aaron Moore, and Laura Stephenson). Urban Affairs Review 53:1 (January 2017): 71-101.
  • “Paying Attention and the Incumbency Effect: Voting Behaviour in the 2014 Toronto Municipal Election” (with Aaron Moore and Laura Stephenson). International Political Science Review 38:1 (January 2017): 85-98.
  • "Political Attitudes and Behaviour in a Non-Partisan Environment" (with Aaron Moore and Laura Stephenson).  Canadian Journal of Political Science 49:2 (June 2016): 311-333.
  • "Sex (and Ethnicity) in the City: Affinity Voting in the 2014 Toronto Mayoral Election" (with Karen Bird, Samantha Jackson, Aaron Moore and Laura Stephenson).  Canadian Journal of Political Science 49:2 (June 2016): 359-383.
  • “The Canadian Homevoter: Property Values and Municipal Politics in Canada” (with Zachary Spicer). Journal of Urban Affairs 38:1 (February 2016): 123-139.
  • “Explaining Stability and Change of Territorial Identities” (with Cameron Anderson). Nations and Nationalism 22:1 (January 2016): 84-102.
  • “The Power of the Dark Side: Negative Partisanship and Political Behaviour” (with Nicholas Caruana and Laura Stephenson). Canadian Journal of Political Science 48:4 (December 2015): 771-789.
  • “Economic Attitudes and Political Identities: The Case of Canada” (with Cameron Anderson). International Journal of Public Opinion Research 27:3 (Autumn 2015): 361-382.
  • “Negative Partisanship in Multi-Party Systems” (with Nicholas Caruana and Laura Stephenson). Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties 25:3 (August 2015): 300-316.
  • “The Effects of Elections Canada’s Campaign Period Advertising” (with Cameron Anderson). Canadian Journal of Political Science 47:4 (December 2014): 813-826.
  • “Measuring Correct Voting using Comparative Manifestos Project Data.”  Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 23:1 (February 2013): 1-26.
  • “Cognitive Dissonance and Political Attitudes: The Case of Canada.” The Social Science Journal 50:2 (June 2013): 168-176.
  • “Voter Sincerity and the Time-of-Voting-Decision." Electoral Studies 31:4 (December 2012): 715-725.


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