KAS and uOttawa logos

Presentation of the Chair


The Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies is a research unit associated with the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. The chair’s mandate is to study key challenges of contemporary democracies including those shaping Germany and Canada. Using methodological pluralism the chair tries to contribute to knowledge in the field of populism, election studies, public opinion research and political representation. Through conferences workshops and exchanges, the chair aims at bringing together faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Members of the chair also try to outreach to the media and wider communities in Germany and Canada.

Mission statement

The Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies pursues four main objectives:

  • The creation of a vibrant academic and research environment for faculty members, guest researchers, undergraduate- and graduate students working on empirical democracy studies.
  • The Promotion and Dissemination of Research tackling key challenges of contemporary democracies
  • The Strengthening of academic and non-academic links between Germany and Canada
  • The Fostering of ongoing dialogue between academia, the media and the wider public

Presentation of the Chairholder

Daniel Stockemer

Daniel Stockemer, is Full Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa and since May 2021 chair holder of the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies. He hold a Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut (2006), a teacher’s and Master’s degree from the University of Mannheim (2007), and a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut (2010). As the holder of the research chair, he see himself as an ambassador to Canadian German relations. His research focuses on key challenges of Germany and Canada, and representative democracies, more generally. These include (1) the effects of migration on political attitudes, (2) the populist tide that has swept the world, (3) transformations in the conduct of elections and the determinants of vote choice, and (4) unequal representation of various cohorts of the population including women, minorities and youth. Throughout his academic career, Daniel has published 4 single authored book, 1 edited volume, 1 textbook and more than 130 articles in peer reviewed journals. Daniel is very active in the discipline of political science and has several editorial commitments. Since the fall of 2019, he is editor of the International Political Science Review, and in early 2020, he has started editing the Springer Book Series in Electoral Politics.

Presentation of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation

KAS logo

The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) is a political foundation. In Germany, 16 regional offices offer a wide variety of civic education conferences and events. Our offices abroad are in charge of over 200 projects in more than 120 countries. The foundation’s headquarters are situated in Sankt Augustin near Bonn, and in Berlin. There, an additional conference center, named “The Academy”, opened in 1998. We are proud to bear the name of Konrad Adenauer. The first chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany’s name and principles are our guidelines, duty, and obligation. At home as well as abroad, our civic education programs aim at promoting freedom and liberty, peace, and justice. We focus on consolidating democracy, the unification of Europe and the strengthening of transatlantic relations, as well as on development cooperation.

As a think-tank and consulting agency, our soundly researched scientific fundamental concepts and current analyses offer a basis for possible political action. The Berlin Academy is the national forum of dialogue between the spheres of politics, economy, science, and society.

Our conferences and events attract people who 'have something to say'. In Germany, we offer more than 2,500 events per year, which attract 145,000 participants. We provide moral and material support to intellectually gifted young people, not only from Germany, but also from Central and Eastern Europe and developing countries. We stay in close contact with our more than 10.000 alumni.

Exhibitions, readings, and awards are also distinctive elements of our work. We promote young artists, and annually award our prestigious Literary Prize. Our scholarship programs help young journalists by offering them projects specifically geared to their needs. Since 1980, we have annually awarded a prize for excellent local journalism. Since 2002, the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung has awarded its “Prize Social Market Economy” to personalities of exceptional merit in safeguarding and developing the social market economy.

Find out more the KAS.

Our team

Reza Arash

Reza Arash is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. Reza’s research focuses on elections and political behaviour, with a particular interest in studying negativity and cognitive biases in political communication. In his master thesis, he studied parties’ negative campaign strategies by analyzing the 2015 Canadian federal election. In his doctoral dissertation, Reza tries to understand the brain mechanisms that may shape and impact political decisions by looking at neuroscience models of value-based information processing and decision-making according to economic perspectives. In particular, he will assess negativity bias and selective exposure bias theories by analyzing how the human brain processes and reacts to political messages.

Marie-Soleil Normandin

Marie-Soleil Normandin is currently a doctoral student in political science at the University of Ottawa. Her dissertation focuses on a comparative study of far-right political parties in Western Europe. More precisely, her dissertation will look at the 2022 French presidential elections with a quantitative analysis that examines the general tendencies in terms of men’s and women’s voting profile in Western Europe while using an original dataset. Her master’s thesis focused on improving the indexation theory and to adapt its core elements to the Canadian political context, where it was argued that the inclusion of alternative narratives permits the re-evaluation of the temporal boundaries by which media organization refer to. She previously worked on the evolution of far-right movements in Canada and Quebec. Her main research interests are populism, voting behaviour, political parties as well as women in politics.

Michael Wigginton

Michael J. Wigginton is a PhD candidate (ABD) in political science at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa Studies and holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a bachelor’s from York University’s Glendon College. Michael’s research focuses on political parties and elections, with a particular interest in representation. He has published 8 peer-reviewed articles on these and other topics, in journals including Electoral Studies, Parliamentary Affairs, and the British Journal of Canadian Studies. His doctoral dissertation examines women’s representation in the Canadian House of Commons, with a particular emphasis on the role of party nomination contests.

Kofi Arhin

Kofi Arhin is a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Ottawa. His main research interests include political psychology, political sociology, populism, parties and voting among others. For his Master's his research was focused on disengagement with the political system with an emphasis on youth disengagement including what would happen if the Canadian voting age were lowered to 16 years old. Since then, his research has shifted to a greater focus on far-right populist parties. He is currently working on his thesis entitled "How can we explain African American support for Donald Trump in the United States?".

Abdelkarim Amengay

Abdelkarim Amengay is an Assistant Professor of political science at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies in Qatar, where he teaches graduate seminars on comparative politics and democratization. He holds a double Ph.D. from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Ottawa. His main research interests are political behavior, political psychology, youth political representation, and populism in Western democracies and the MENA region. Dr. Amengay has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Political Studies Review, and Revue Française de science politique. Since 2021, he is also a member of Team Populism’s Expert Survey in charge of the Arab world and the editorial board of the Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée.


Future events

September 13-14th, 2022: Workshop

Youth without representation: Discovering the mechanisms behind youth's underrepresentation in elected bodies

Past events

September 30 and October 1, 2021

Academic Conference: Muslim Immigrants sense of identity and belonging in the Western World.

June 1, 2021

Public launch of the Konrad Adenauer Research Chair in Empirical Democracy Studies

Back to top