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07 Feb

SPPG Director Peter Loewen and Prof Michael Donnelly on Canada’s feelings on Immigration

February 7, 2017

In this special for the National Post, both SPPG Director Peter Loewen and Professor Michael Donnelly explore Canadians’ idealized feelings towards immigration.

In Donnelly’s research he looks at whether Canadians are inherently more pro-immigration than other nations and finds that there is the same potential for hate as in other countries.

Peter Loewen is the Director of the School of Public Policy and Governance and Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on questions of elite and citizen behaviour and the role of technology in improving governance and representation. He has published in leading journals of political science, economics, and general science. He regularly engages in public debate, including a biweekly column in the Ottawa Citizen.

Michael Donnelly is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. He studies the relationship between public policy and public opinion, with a focus on topics such as immigration, democratic accountability, and social policy. His research draws on evidence from a wide range of countries, especially in North America and Europe. His teaching includes courses on comparative public policy, comparative politics, and research methods. Prior to his arrival in Toronto, he was a Max Weber post-doctoral fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. He received a PhD in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2013, and a BA and MA in political science from Fordham University in 2007 and 2008.

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