Mark Pickup

Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor

Political Science

Mark Pickup

Graduate Program Chair and Associate Professor

Political Science


  • B.Sc., University of Calgary
  • B.A., University of Calgary
  • M.A., University of Calgary
  • Ph.D., University of British Columbia

Research and Supervision Fields

Status: Accepting new graduate students

  • Political Psychology and Behaviour
  • Political Methodology
  • Political Communication
  • Election Campaigns and Voting

Teaching Streams

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


Mark Pickup is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. Mark is a specialist in Political Behaviour, Political Psychology and Political Methodology. Substantively, his research primarily falls into three areas: political identities and political decision-making; conditions of democratic responsiveness and accountability; and polls and electoral outcomes. His research focuses on political information, public opinion, political identities, norms and election campaigns within North American and European countries. His methodological interests concern the analysis of longitudinal data (time series, panel, network, etc.) with secondary interests in Bayesian analysis and survey/lab experiment design.

Democratic Responsiveness Project Datasets


  • Stecula, Dominik and Mark Pickup. 2021. “How Populism and Conservative Media Fuel Conspiracy Beliefs about Covid-19 and What It Means for Covid-19 Behaviours.” Research and Politics (Accepted).
  • Pickup, Mark, Erik Kimbrough and Eline de Rooij. 2021. “Expressive Politics as (Costly) Norm Following.” Political Behavior (First View). DOI:10.1007/s11109-020-09667-6
  • Pickup, Mark and Vincent Hopkins. 2020. “Transformed-Likelihood Estimators for Dynamic Panel Models with a Very Small T.” Political Science Research Methods (First View). DOI:
  • Pickup, Mark, Dominik Stecula and Clifton van der Linden. 2020. “Novel Coronavirus, Old Partisanship: COVID-19 Attitudes and Behaviors in the United States and Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science  53(2): 357-364. DOI:10.1017/S0008423920000463  
  • Goodwin, Matthew, Simon Hix and Mark Pickup. 2020. “For and Against Brexit: A Survey Experiment of the Impact of Campaign Frames on Public Attitudes toward EU Membership.” British Journal of Political Science. 50(2):481-495. DOI:10.1017/S0007123417000667
  • Pickup, Mark. 2020. “Dynamic Systems of Equations.” In The Sage Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations Eds. Luigi Curini and Robert Franzese. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.
  • Pickup, Mark. 2020. “Time Series Analysis.” In Sage Encyclopaedia of Research Methods. Eds. Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Melissa Hardy, and Malcolm Williams. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc. DOI:10.4135/9781526421036863803.
  • Pickup, Mark, Erik O. Kimbrough and Eline A. de Rooij. 2019. “Identity and the Self-Reinforcing Effects of Norm Compliance.” Southern Economic Journal. 86(3): 1222–1240. DOI:10.1002/soej.12410
  • Bevan, Shaun, Will Jennings and Mark Pickup. 2019. “Problem detection in legislative oversight: An analysis of legislative committee agendas in the U.K. and U.S.” Journal of European Public Policy. 26(10): 1560-1578. DOI:10.1080/13501763.2018.1531910
  • Hopkins, Vincent, Mark Pickup and Heike Klüver. 2019. “The Influence of Cause and Sectional Group Lobbying on Government Responsiveness.” Political Research Quarterly. 72(3): 623–636. DOI:10.1177/1065912918796326
  • Matthews, J. Scott and Mark Pickup. 2019. “Economic News and Partisan Bias in Economic Perceptions.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 52(2):303-321. DOI:10.1017/S0008423918000501
  • Klüver Heike and Mark Pickup. 2018. “Are They Listening? Public Opinion, Interest Groups and Government Responsiveness.” West European Politics. 42(1): 91-112. DOI:10.1080/01402382.2018.1483662
  • De Rooij, Eline A., Matthew J. Goodwin, Mark Pickup. 2018 “The Differential Impact of Threats on Ethnic Prejudice toward Three Minority Groups in Britain.” Political Science Research Methods 6(4): 837-845. DOI:10.1017/psrm.2017.24 
  • Pickup, Mark, Paul Gustafson, Davor Cubranic, and Geoffrey Evans. 2017. “OrthoPanels: An R Package for Estimating a Dynamic Panel Model with Fixed Effects Using the Orthogonal Reparameterization Approach.” The R Journal 9(1): 60-76.
  • Fuji Johnson, Genevieve, Mark Pickup, Eline A. de Rooij, and Rémi Léger. 2017. “Into the Open: Data Access and Research Transparency in Canadian Political Science.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 50: 311-328. DOI:10.1017/S0008423917000026
  • Snijders, Tom A.B. and Mark Pickup. 2017. “Stochastic Actor-Oriented Models for Network Dynamics.” In Oxford University Press Handbook of Political Networks. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ford, Robert ,Will Jennings, Mark Pickup and Christopher Wlezien. 2016. “From Polls to Votes to Seats: Forecasting the 2015 British Election.” Electoral Studies 41: 244-249. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2015.11.013
  • Manger, Mark S. and Mark A. Pickup. 2016. “The Coevolution of Trade Agreement Networks and Democracy.” Journal of Conflict Resolution 60(1): 164-191. DOI:10.1177/0022002714535431
  • Ford, Robert, Will Jennings, Mark Pickup and Christopher Wlezien. 2016. “Polls and Votes.” In Sage Handbook of Electoral Behaviour. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc. pp. 787-812.
  • Pickup, Mark and Colin Whelan. 2015. “Differentiating the issue priorities of NDP supporters.” In Reviving Social Democracy: The Near Death and Surprising Rise of the Federal NDP. Eds. David Laycock and Lynda Erikson. UBC Press.
  • Immerzeel, Tim and Mark Pickup. 2015. “Populist Radical Right Parties Mobilizing 'the People'? The Role of Populist Radical Right Success in Voter Turnout.” Electoral Studies 40: 347-360. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2015.10.007
  • Pickup, Mark. 2015. Guest Editor. Special Symposium on the Electoral Mechanisms of Responsiveness. Electoral Studies 40: 515-555.
  • Pickup, Mark, and Sara B. Hobolt. 2015. “The Conditionality of the Trade-off between Government Responsiveness and Effectiveness: The Impact of Minority Status and Polls in the Canadian House of Commons.” Electoral Studies 40: 517-530. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2015.07.003
  • De Rooij, Eline A., Matthew J. Goodwin and Mark Pickup. 2015. “Threat, Prejudice and the Impact of the Riots in England.” Social Science Research (51): 369-383. DOI:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.09.003
  • Pickup, Mark. 2014. Introduction to Time Series. Series: Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.
  • Chzhen, Yekaterina, Geoffrey Evans, and Mark Pickup. 2014. “When do Economic Perceptions Matter for Party Approval?” Political Behavior 36: 291-313. DOI:10.1007/s11109-013-9236-2
  • Pickup, Mark and Geoffrey Evans. 2013. “Addressing the Endogeneity of Economic Evaluations in Models of Political Choice.” Public Opinion Quarterly 77(3): 735-54. DOI:10.1093/poq/nft028
  • Wlezien, Christopher, Will Jennings, Robert Ford, Stephen Fisher and Mark Pickup. 2013. “Polls and the Vote in Britain.” Political Studies 61(S1): 129–54. DOI:10.1111/1467-9248.12008
  • Manger, Mark, Mark Pickup and Tom Snijders. 2012. “A Hierarchy of Preferences: A Longitudinal Network Analysis Approach to PTA Formation.” Journal of Conflict Resolution (56): 852-77. DOI:10.1177/0022002712438351
  • Matthews, J. Scott, Mark Pickup and Fred Cutler. 2012. “The Mediated Horse Race: Campaign Polls and Poll Reporting.” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 45(2): 261-87. (Shortlisted for the John McMenemy Prize for the best article published in volume 45 of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.) DOI:10.10170S0008423912000327
  • Pickup, Mark, J. Scott Matthews, Will Jennings, Robert Ford and Stephen Fisher. 2011. “Why did the polls Overestimate Lib Dem support? Sources of Polling Error in the 2010 British General Election.” Journal of Elections Public Opinion and Parties 21: 179-209. DOI:10.1111/1467-9248.12008
  • Fisher, Stephen, Robert Ford, Will Jennings, Mark Pickup and Christopher Wlezien. 2011. “From Polls to Votes to Seats: Forecasting the 2010 British Election.” Electoral Studies 30(2):250-57. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2010.09.005
  • Evans, Geoffrey and Mark Pickup. 2010. “Reversing the Causal Arrow: The Political Conditioning of Economic Perceptions in the 2000-2004 US Presidential Election Cycle.” Journal of Politics 72(4): 1236-51. DOI:10.1017/s0022381610000654
  • Pickup, Mark. 2010. “Campaign Election Polls and Democracy in Canada.” In Perspectives on the Canadian Voter: Puzzles of Influence and Choice. Eds. Laura Stephenson and Cameron Anderson. UBC Press.
  • Pickup, Mark. 2009. Guest Editor. Special Symposium on Measurement Methods for Better Longitudinal Modelling. Electoral Studies 28(3): 349-436.
  • Pickup, Mark. 2010. “Better Know Your Dependent Variable: A Multination Analysis of Government Support Measures in Economic Popularity Models.” British Journal of Political Science 40: 449–68. DOI:10.1017/S0007123409990421
  • Pickup, Mark. 2009. “Measure Twice, Model Once: Introduction to Methods for Better Longitudinal Measurement.” Electoral Studies 28(3): 354-67. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2009.05.012
  • Pickup, Mark and Christopher Wlezien. 2009. “On Filtering Longitudinal Public Opinion Data: Issues in Identification and Representation of the True Change.”  Electoral Studies 28(3): 349-53. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2009.05.014
  • Pickup, Mark. 2009. “Testing for Fractional Integration in Party Popularity in the Presence of Structural Breaks.” Journal of Elections, Parties and Public Opinion 19: 105-16.
  • Provost, Colin, Brian Gerber and Mark Pickup. 2009. “Flying under the Radar? Political Control and Bureaucratic Resistance in the Bush EPA.” In President George W. Bush's Influence over Bureaucracy and Policy: Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Powers Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Pickup, Mark. 2009. “The Next Generation of US Presidential Election Prediction Models.” In Development of a Methodology for the Prediction of Winners in American Elections. Ed. Chandra S. Putcha. The Edwin Mellen Press.
  • Pickup, Mark and Richard Johnston. 2008. “Campaign Trial Heats as Election Forecasts: Measurement Error and Bias in 2004 Presidential Campaign Polls.” International Journal of Forecasting 24(2)2: 270-82. DOI:0.1016/j.ijforecast.2008.02.007
  • Pickup, Mark and Richard Johnston. 2007. “Campaign Trial Heats as Election Forecasts: Evidence from the 2004 and 2006 Canadian Elections.” Electoral Studies 26: 460-76. DOI:10.1016/j.electstud.2007.03.001
  • Pickup, Mark. 2006. “Globalisation, Politics, and Provincial Government Spending in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 39: 883-917. (Shortlisted for the John McMenemy Prize for the best article published in volume 39 of the Canadian Journal of Political Science.)
  • Pickup, Mark, Anthony Sayers, Rainer Knopff and Keith Archer. 2004. “Social Capital and Civic Community in Alberta.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 37: 617-45.


Future courses may be subject to change.