Chief Research Officer
Ken is one of Canada’s foremost authorities on
electoral systems and will be supporting members in their quest to
understand these systems. He has
been seconded from the University of British Columbia to
work with the Assembly.
Ken is the former head of the UBC’s Political
Science department (1996-2001) and teaches courses on Canadian and
comparative western politics. His research is focused
on the structure, organization and behaviour of political parties,
using both survey research and personal interviewing methods.
He has published widely on the political recruitment, leadership
and electoral activities of parties in Canada, Europe and
Australia. His most recent book, Rebuilding Canadian Party
Politics, is on the transformation of the national party system in
Canada and he is completing a book-length study of local party
organization and activity with Munroe Eagles, a political
geographer at SUNY-Buffalo.
Ken is a Senior Fellow of Green College, one of
UBC’s residential graduate colleges. He is
the Chair of the Publications Board of UBC Press and Past-President
of the Canadian Political Science Association. He is
also a member of the Canadian Democracy Audit team at the Centre
for Canadian Studies at Mt. Allison University and responsible for
co-authoring the project’s summary volume.
Ken is also active in British Columbia life. In
2002-03, he served on the Federal Election Boundary Commission to
redraw the boundaries of B.C.’s constituencies in the
House of Commons. He is chair of the Board of the
Vancouver School of Theology and active in his local congregation
which has just started a feeding program for the homeless called
Out of the Cold.
Ken escapes academia by skiing in Whistler. One day
he hopes to explore India, although he’d settle for
Cajun food and jazz in Louisiana. Ken is a die-hard
Montreal Canadiens fan – but we love him anyhow!