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2011 ECPR Joint Sessions

I recently returned from the 2011 ECPR Joint Sessions in St. Gallen, Switzerland. As is usually the case, the Joint Sessions were extremely productive and interesting. I presented the first round of research on comparative ministerial turnover in Canada and Australia with Keith Dowding (ANU). The sessions were organized by the SEDEPE (Selection and Deselection of Political Elites) research group. Kudos to everyone involved. Next stop: CPSA in Kitchener-Waterloo.

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Just got back from the MPSA

Kelly Blidook and I just returned from the Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago where we presented the first results of our SSHRC funded expert survey on party policy positions in Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Myth busting at MUN

The weekend Telegram published part two of its profile of the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Part two focuses on how some of the new research conducted in the Department is looking into traditionally held views of political culture in the province. See

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“Research Renaissance” at MUN Department of Political Science

The Telegram recently included a feature on the Department of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. See:

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Published in the Halifax Chronicle Herald

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The Audience is Listening

Our article on talk radio and politics in Newfoundland and Labrador was recently published by Media, Culture and Society. We even got a bit of local press attention!

Full citation: Alex Marland and Matthew Kerby (2010). “The audience is listening: Talk radio and public policy in Newfoundland and Labrador”. Media, Culture & Society 32(6): 997-1016.

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SSHRC RDI on Policy Positions in Newfoundland and Labrador

Dr. Kelly Blidook and I were recently awarded a SSHRC Research Development Initiative Grant to conduct research on the policy positions of political parties in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The two year project will entail conducting one expert survey this autumn and a second survey before the 2011 provincial election. We also intend to run an identical survey for political science students at Memorial University in order to test their political awareness of the current provincial political parties.

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Parental Leave

I will be on parental leave from September 2010  until the end of December 2010. This means that I wont be teaching any autumn semester courses. However, I’ll be back teaching during the winter term. I’m tentatively scheduled to teach the following courses:

  • POSC2010: Research and Writing for Political Science
  • POSC2300: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • POSC3305: Irish Politics

Of course, I’ll continue to supervise my current thesis students. Students who are interested in having me supervise their honours essay or master’s thesis should contact me on my email address to discuss a suitable topic and a writing schedule. Please be sure to look up the relevant guidelines and regulations on the Department of Political Science website.

Categories: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Students.

Kind words in The Telegram

Kudos to my colleague Dr. Amanda Bittner, who was the subject of a well-deserved letter to the editor in today’s Telegram. See

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McMenemy Prize

Worth the Wait: Determinants of Ministerial Appointment in Canada, 1935–2008″, Canadian Journal of Political Science, 42(3), September 2009 was awarded the John McMenemy Prize for best article in the CJPS in 2009 at this year’s Canadian Political Science Association Annual Conference in Montreal.

This is great news for MUN’s Department of Political Science. My colleague  Amanda Bittner won the prize two years ago. My other colleague, Kelly Blidook, was nominated for both last year’s and this year’s prize.

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