Benjamin Ferland

University of Ottawa

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at McGill University under the supervision of Elisabeth Gidengil and completed my postdoctoral research at Penn State University with Matt Golder. My research focuses on political behaviour, electoral and partisan systems, and political representation. I am particularly interested in political elites and public responsiveness. One of my main research objectives is to better understand how do political elites represent the preferences of citizens, and correspondingly, how do citizens react to different policy outcomes and assess the functioning of the democratic process?

I am the Canadian director of the Comparative Candidates Survey which is an international project that aims to collect survey data on candidates running for national elections in different countries. 

My research has been published in the European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, West European Politics, Electoral Studies, Politics & Gender, and other peer-reviewed journals. More information can be found on my Google scholar profile.

Last but not least I am the father of three kids and one step-daughter. When I am not conducting research or spending time with my family, I am an avid skate skier and river surfer!