Benjamin Ferland

University of Ottawa


I am an Associate Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. 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. I am also the Principal Investigator of the project The Responsiveness of Canadian Elected Representatives to their Constituents which examines citizen representation by elected officials in Canada. The project is funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant. 

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!