Alexander Held

Alexander is a Liu Scholar and a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Alexander’s main research interest is in political behaviour, with a particular focus on elections and voting behaviour in Western democracies. In three separate, but related projects, his doctoral dissertation analyzes citizen political alienation and what we can do about it. In one project he uses survey experimentation to systematically test the persuasive effects of mainstream parties’ campaign messages on populist voters. His other two projects focus on the causes and consequences of unequal voter turnout and analyze the effectiveness of policies aimed at increasing voter turnout of two groups with notoriously low rates of political participation: young voters and poor voters.