Matthew Polacko


Department of Political Science
Start: 2021
Finish: 2023
Supervisor: Allison Harell
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SSHRC Doctoral Award (2020-2021), Electoral Studies Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2021), Progressive Economics Forum Graduate Essay Award (2017), King's Masters Scholarship (2014-2016)

Matthew is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Université du Québec à Montréal examining the sources of social solidarity with an international research team, as well as Canadian elections with the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (C-Dem). His research lies at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and political behaviour, and he is particularly interested in the consequences of economic inequality on political behaviour across advanced industrialized countries. He is also interested in class politics, elections, party politics, political inequality, public policy, and voting. Previously, he was an Editorial Assistant for Electoral Studies and the 2019 Progressive Economics Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).

Ph.D in Politics and International Relations (Royal Holloway, University of London), MA in Public Policy and Management (King's College London), MA in History (McMaster University), BA in History and Political Science (Wilfrid Laurier University)