Lori Thorlakson, PhD, MSc (London: LSE), BA(Hons) Queen's University at Kingston

Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept


Professor, Faculty of Arts - Political Science Dept
(780) 492-2282
11-20 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



My research focuses on issues of party competition and representation in multi-level systems, including federations and the European Union. I study party organization, party system change and voter behaviour, and how these three dimensions of political competition combine to shape the nature of representation in democratic states. I am also involved in research that assesses the impact of the EU on democratic development, particularly in post communist states, and research that examines the development of the European Parliament and representation in the EU. 

I would welcome supervising graduate students working on questions in the field of comparative politics related to parties, elections and voter behaviour, especially in multilevel contexts, as well as the politics of the European Union. I am willing to supervise work that uses qualitative or quantitative methods. 


POL S 371 - Populism and Democracy in Central Europe

Democratic transition, consolidation and backsliding in Central Europe, with a focus on nationalism, the politics of memory, European integration and Euroscepticism. Prerequisite: Any 200- level course in POL S or consent of Department.

Winter Term 2021
POL S 600 - Theories and Methods of Comparative Politics

Traditional and critical perspectives.

Winter Term 2021

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