Christopher Alcantara's blog

Women and Ethnic Minority Candidates in Municipal Elections: Some evidence from the 2014 Ontario Municipal Elections

Zac Spicer, Michael McGregor, and I have a new paper forthcoming from Electoral Studies. You can find the paper here or at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electstud.2017.01.002

Doing Research: What's the Point?

As academics, we spend long hours coming up with research questions, developing theoretical frameworks, collecting and analyzing data, and then publishing our results in academic journals or books. The process can take a long time, depending on the project and choice of publication.  Once our results are published, however, it seems like they rarely have an effect. Very few people can access the journal articles unless they are a student or faculty member at university. There is so much research being pumped out these days that's it's hard to be noticed.

Why Trump the President might actually be very different from Trump the Candidate

Take a deep breath. The world is not going to end on inauguration day.
 
There is no question that Donald Trump’s victory was jarring, shocking, and even disturbing. Despite the conciliatory messages offered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, commentators and citizens and Canada are freaking out. 
 

PhD students, take note! Some thoughts on academic publishing

Earlier this month at Western, I spoke to PhD students in political science about how to publish. Here are the speaking notes I used for that presentation.

 

The Five “Ws” and One “H” of Publishing

I’ve structured my presentation on academic publishing around six questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? And How?

Let me begin with Why you should publish.

 

Why should you publish?

build a CV for scholarships and job market

get in the habit of publishing (a key aspect of this career)

Reforming University Education: Why Jeffrey Simpson and others like him are wrong

Below is an op ed that I wrote but which never got published. I sent it to one big Canadian newspaper in the summer and they agreed to publish it. After waiting two months for it to appear in print, I asked permission to send it to another newspaper and the editor agreed. Another major Cdn newspaper agreed to publish it in September and then again sat on it for two months.

So rather than let it die a lonesone and ignoable death, I will publish it here. Enjoy!