François Gélineau, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Political Science

Université Laval


After obtaining a B.A. Honours from McGill University in 1996, I attended graduate school at the University of New Mexico, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2002. As part of my doctoral work I spent a significant amount of time doing field research in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, and Venezuela. I then spent two years as an associate researcher with the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies, at the Université de Montréal. I am now an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Université Laval.

My research interests are in Democratic Performance, Electoral Behavior, and Comparative Political Economy with a focus on the Latin American region.  Research for my dissertation, “Economic Voting in Volatile Contexts: National and Subnational Politics in Latin America,” was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture of Canada, and the Latin American and Iberian Institute of the University of New Mexico. In 2004, I was awarded the Tom L. Popejoy Award for the best dissertation in the Social Sciences between 2001 and 2003 at the University of New Mexico.

By moving outside of the North Atlantic basin to focus upon newer democracies and less stable economic contexts, my dissertation explored the broader comparative relevance of the literature on economic voting. Drawing upon both individual and aggregate level data, it tested hypotheses about economic voting in Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela at the national and subnational levels of government. The central working hypothesis was that voters in Latin America are sensitive to macroeconomic fluctuations and punish or reward governments accordingly, but that the propensity toward economic voting varies with macroeconomic context and institutional conditions.


Areas of expertise:

Comparative Politics

Latin American Politics

Public Opinion and Voting Behavior

Democracy and Democratization

Comparative Political Economy

Research Design and Methodology






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