William Cross, Carleton University

Political Science Professor Ottawa, Ontario bill_cross@carleton.ca Office: (613) 520-2600 ext. 2799

Bio/Research

William Cross is the Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Dr. Cross is a student of Canadian political institutions and his work emphasises the connections between civil society and political...

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Bio/Research

William Cross is the Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Dr. Cross is a student of Canadian political institutions and his work emphasises the connections between civil society and political parties and legislatures. His recent work includes studies of youth participation in Canadian politics, candidates in the 2008 federal election and changing methods of party leadership selection. Dr. Cross' writing has appeared in many of the top-rated political science journals and his books include Democratic Reform in New Brunswick (Canadian Scholars Press 2007), Political Parties (UBC Press 2004), Political Parties, Representation and Electoral Democracy in Canada (Oxford University Press, 2002) and Rebuilding Canadian Party Politics (UBC Press, 2000). Since 2000, he has served as director of the Canadian Democratic Audit and in 2004-'05, he was Director of Research for the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy.

Dr. Cross joined Carleton in 2005 after teaching for eight years at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he was the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies. Prior to that, he was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia. He holds PhD and MA degrees from the University of Western Ontario, as well as a Masters from the Graduate School of Political Management now at George Washington University, a JD from the University of Houston Law School and a BA from the University of Waterloo. Previously, he was active in American Democratic Party politics, serving as legal counsel to the Dukakis for President campaign in Boston and spending several years as in-house counsel for the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC.



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