Allison Harell is Professor of Political Science at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She holds a UQAM Strategic Chair and founded and co-directs the Laboratory of Political Communication and Public Opinion in her department. Her research interests are in political psychology and diversity. She has conducted many surveys in Québec, Canada, and around the world. She is an expert in the study of intergroup political behaviour with a particular interest in how intergroup attitudes influence citizens’ political attitudes and behaviours. In her work, Harell has analyzed many aspects of attitudes held about and by groups, and their effects on political behaviour. For example, how do racial, ethnic and religious cues affect policy attitudes (Iyengar et al. 2013; Harell et al. 2012, 2014, 2016; Stolle et al. 2016)? How do political attitudes and behaviour vary across different ethnic communities and genders in Canada (Harell and Panagos 2013; Harell 2012, 2017)? Does ethno-racial diversity affect trust (Stolle and Harell 2013) and political tolerance (Harell 2010)? She has also been the principal and co-investigator on a number of large comparative studies (including the Comparative Youth Study, the Race, Gender and the Welfare State Survey and the Comparative Rights Survey) and has been at the forefront of developing experimental online protocols in Canada to measure the effect of group cues on public policy attitudes.
Benjamin Allen Stevens is the Project Manager & Lead Programmer for the Canadian Election Study, and a Research Associate at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He has extensive experience writing, programming, and running public opinion surveys, as well as analyzing the resulting data. His research interests are in political behaviour, public opinion, survey research methods, and technology policy. He was the Project Coordinator and survey programmer for the Local Parliament Project, the largest election study fielded in Canada. He has an MA in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and a BA from Ryerson University.