Steven Weldon


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


Phone: 778-782-4995
Office Location: AQ 6041


Steven Weldon is an Associate Professor specializing in the study of elections, political behaviour, and the politics of diversity and immigration in Canada, the United States, and Europe. He currently leads a research group on the Politics of Extremism and Democracy that examines the rise of radical right populist politics with a focus on its psychological roots and the increased role of social media. His 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. Visit Steve Weldon's Google Scholar page for more information.

He is also the founding and current director of Simon Fraser’s Centre for Public Opinion and Political Representation, and he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in quantitative methods, data science, and political behaviour. In 2018, Steve received the Cormack Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and mentoring from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He is happy to supervise students interested elections, representation, and the politics of diversity and immigration.


“Issue Voting: Modern and Classic Accounts,” in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press, (2019). (with Denver McNeney)

“Pointing Fingers at the Media? Coverage of the 2017 Bundestag Election,” German Politics and Society, 36 (2018): 105-124. (with Alexander Beyer).

“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.