Tania Gosselin spent several years in Eastern Europe where she completed her Ph.D. in political science at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She is interested in the study attitudes and political behavior, political psychology, as well as the politics of post-communist countries more generally. Her involvement in LACPOP focuses on the influence of emotions on how citizens evaluate political actors and policies.
Isabelle Gusse has studied the area of information and political communication for a number of years. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. She is currently a professor in the Departement of Political Science at UQAM where she specializes in political communication, and more specifically governmental communication in Canada. LACPOP is allowing her to capture and archive textual and audiovisual data from government communications and to analyze their content, especially the way in which myths determine the representations used by the government in the public sphere.
Allison Harell is a specialist in political behavior and public opinion in industrialized democracies. In particular, she is interested in the implications of ethnocultural diversity and gender for citizenship. She is a member of the Canadian Election Study team and the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. Her research combines traditional survey techniques with experiments in order to capture the ways in which gendered and racial cues influence attitudes.
Anne-Marie Gingras specializes in political sociology and political communication. She has published two books, Médias et démocratie: le grand malentendu (1999, 2006, 2009) and La communication politique: état des savoirs, enjeux et perspectives (2003). Her previous work has examined, among other topics, the social representations of democracy, freedom of expression and talk radio, and journalists’ relationship to democracy. Her current research focuses on access to information. Through the lab, she will be exploring how citizens appropriate information from counterbalancing institutions within a democracy.