I am an Assistant Professor in the UBC Department of Political Science.
At UBC I generally teach courses in comparative politics and research methods.
In 2012-13, I am on sabbatical first term and scheduled to teach one undergraduate/graduate seminar on 'Measuring Democracy' in Term 2.
My research examines parties, elections and institutions in Japan and Western Europe.
Current projects explore the determinants of the durability of party leaders and prime ministers and the consequences of electoral reform for voters and politicians.
I grew up in Bellingham, WA—just an hour south of Vancouver—and also lived in Ohio, Southern California, Tokyo and Okinawa before moving to Vancouver in 2004.
I am married and the proud father of a wonderful little girl. My hobbies include reading, hiking and watching movies.