Steven Weldon

Undergraduate Program Chair

B.A. (Hons) (Wittenberg University)
M.A. (University of California, Irvine)
Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine)


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Steven Weldon is an Associate Professor specializing in comparative politics and was the founding director of Simon Fraser’s Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation. His research focuses on political representation, European integration, public opinion, political behaviour, and diversity and multiculturalism.

Currently he is engaged in two main research projects. The first examines the trend of growing political polarization across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including the sources and implications of this trend for democratic representation. The second focuses on the formation of political community in ethnically divided societies, including European integration and immigrants and ethnic minorities in advanced democracies. His work has appeared in such journals as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, Party Politics, and West European Politics. Visit Steve Weldon's Google Scholar page.


“The 2011 Election and Beyond” in Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rising of the Federal NDP, David Laycock and Lynda Erickson (eds.), Vancouver: UBC Press. (2014): 280-298.

“European integration and party competition in German Federal elections,” German Politics and Society, 32 (2014): 54-69. (with Hermann Schmitt).

“A Crisis of Integration? The Development of Transnational Dyadic Trust in the European Union 1954-2004,” European Journal of Political Research, 52 (2013): 457-82. (with Hans-Dieter Klingemann)

“The Individual-Institutional Nexus of Protest Behavior,” British Journal of Political Science, 40 (2010): 51-73. (with Russell Dalton and Alix van Sickle).

“Partisanship and Party System Institutionalization,” Party Politics, 13 (2007): 179-196. (with Russell Dalton).

“The Institutional Context of Tolerance for Ethnic Minorities: A Comparative, Multi-Level Analysis of Western Europe.” American Journal of Political Science, 50 (2006): 331-49.