Steven Weldon


Political Science

Steven Weldon


Political Science


  • Honours B.A., Wittenberg University
  • M.A., University of California, Irvine
  • Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • Politics of Diversity, Multiculturalism, and Immigration
  • Elections, Parties, and Public Opinion
  • Far-Right Parties and Movements
  • Europe, Canada and the United States

Teaching Streams

  • Research Methods & Analysis
  • Diversity & Migration
  • Public Policy & Democratic Governance


My research focuses on the politics of diversity and immigration, particularly how the recent rise of radical right, anti-immigrant politics is reshaping and threatening democracy in places like Canada, the United States and across Europe. I currently lead a research group on the Politics of Extremism and Democracy that includes PhD, master’s and undergraduate students. We study the psychological roots of radical right politics and the role of social media in spreading these ideas. My research 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. Check out my Google Scholar page for more information.

I am the founding director of SFU’s Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation, and I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, data science and political behaviour. I am proud to have received the Cormack Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University in 2018, and I am happy to supervise students interested elections, representation and the politics of diversity and immigration.

This year, I am leading an initiative to create a new minor in Social Data Analytics that will bring together departments across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. We are hoping to have this program in place for Fall 2020 and I anticipate it will be of great interest to many of our students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the program!


  • 2018. “Pointing Fingers at the Media? Coverage of the 2017 Bundestag Election.” German Politics and Society, 36: 105-124 (with Alexander Beyer).
  • 2014. “The 2011 Election and Beyond” in Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP, David Laycock and Lynda Erickson (eds.), Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • 2013. “A Crisis of Integration? The Development of Transnational Dyadic Trust in the European Union 1954-2004.” European Journal of Political Research, 52: 457-82 (with Hans-Dieter Klingemann).
  • 2010. “The Individual-Institutional Nexus of Protest Behavior.” British Journal of Political Science, 40: 51-73 (with Russell Dalton and Alix van Sickle).
  • 2006: “The Institutional Context of Tolerance for Ethnic Minorities: A Comparative, Multi-Level Analysis of Western Europe.” American Journal of Political Science, 50: 331-49.


Spring 2022

This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.