Antoine Bilodeau




Concordia University

Department of Political Science
Address: 1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal, Qc, H3G 1M8
Tel: 514-848-2424 #5067
Email: antoine.bilodeau@concordia.ca







Education
Ph.D. University of Toronto


Research
Antoine Bilodeau is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Concordia University. He specializes in the study of immigrant integration and attitudes toward immigration and ethnocultural and religious diversity. In addition, Professor Bilodeau is a co-investigator on the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security & Society, a SSHRC-funded partnership grant, and the winner of a 2016 Concordia University Research Award.



Research Axis
Axis 1: Learning Democratic Citizenship in an Unequal World - Cet axe se concentre sur l’acquisition de valeurs, d’attitudes et de comportements qui contribuent à une citoyenneté démocratique dynamique. La démocratie repose fondamentalement sur le principe de l’égalité politique, mais dans la pratique, le désavantage économique et social se traduit par un accès inégal au pouvoir politique et à la prise de décision (Schlozman et al 2012). L’inégalité a de profondes implications pour l’inclusion, la réactivité et, en fin de compte, la légitimité même de notre système démocratique. L’inégalité croissante détruit les fondements de la démocratie, entraînant une polarisation politique accrue et une désaffection de la politique (Kwon 2015). Plus que jamais, les démocraties efficaces exigent des citoyens engagés, responsables et bien informés. Comprendre les facteurs qui influent sur le développement de ce type de citoyenneté démocratique active est un objectif clé de l’axe 1.



Students
Audrey Gagnon, PhD
(Start: 2016)
My PhD thesis attempts to better understand processes influencing identity construction in Quebec. My research question is the following: how do Quebecers construct and make sense of their identity? To so do, I will conduct semi-structured interviews with Quebecers and activists from identity groups in Quebec. The conduct of interviews will allow me to, not only describe, but contextualize and explain individuals’ process of identity construction and its possible ramifications – which includes joining social groups that value Quebec identity. This research aims at understanding how Quebecers and members of identity groups conceptualize the ‘us’ and ‘them’ (that is, who is part of the group, and who is not) and how this conceptualisation came into being. First, I seek to identify how Quebecers and members of identity groups make sense of their Quebecer identity (what is the most valued as part of the Quebec identity). Second, I suggest to empirically test and compare perspectives that might influence process of identity construction among Quebecers and members of identity groups. Finally, I suggest to empirically test two perspectives that might motivate individuals to join identity groups.

Caitlin Robinson, MA
(Start: 2015)


Postdocs
Jean-Philippe Gauvin,
Start: 2018



Publications
The Decision to Vote or Abstain in the 2014 European Election
Journal: Revue Européenne des sciences sociales
Volume: 53
issue: 1
Year: 2015
First Page: 340