Associate Professor


Associate Professor

Fred Cutler currently serves as Director – Arts Instructional Support and Informational Technology. He is co-founder and President of ISIT Technology, makers of a learning technology called WeVu.Video.

Dr. Cutler (Ph.D. Michigan) does research in public opinion, elections, federalism, and political psychology. He has published in POQ, JOP, BJPolS, CJPS, Publius, Political Geography, Electoral Studies, and has chapters in various edited volumes. A recent research project involves lab experiments to understand the effects of different numbers of political parties on voters ( He has also received SSHRCC funding on a project called Polls and Elections, with J. Scott Matthews (Queen’s), Mark Pickup (Oxford & SFU), and Paul Gustafson (UBC). His earlier research focused on the effect of federalism on political behaviour and government accountability. Much of his work has investigated the influence of the local social and economic environment on how people think about politics. Dr. Cutler was one of four investigators on the Canadian Election Study 2011 and 2015, the flagship academic survey on Canadian public opinion and voting behaviour.


As he is on leave from his faculty position, Professor Cutler cannot commit to supervision of graduate students or post-doctoral fellows until further notice.

Cutler, F., & Hooper, G. Winners, Losers, and Electoral System Change. Parties and Party Systems: Structure and Context, Eds. Richard Johnston and Campbell Sharman. Vancouver: UBC Press (2015).
 Wong, S. T., Black, C., Cutler, F., Brooke, R., Haggerty, J. L., & Levesque, J. “Patient-reported confidence in primary healthcare: are there disparities by ethnicity or language?.” BMJ open 4.2 (2014): e003884.

“Riding the Orange Wave: Leadership, Values, Issues, and the 2011 Canadian Election,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 46:4 (2013)

“The Mediated Horserace: Campaign Polls and Poll Reporting” with JS Matthews and M Pickup, Canadian Journal of Political Science 45:2 (2012), 261-287

“Capturing Change (and Stability) in the 2011 Campaign” S Soroka, Cutler, D Stolle, P Fournier, Policy Options 70 (2011)

“The Space Between Worlds: Federalism, Public Issues, and Election Issues” Regional and Federal Studies 20:4, 487-514 (2010).

Patrick Fournier and Fred Cutler. “Why were the assemblies’ reform proposals rejected?” Chapter 8 of Patrick Fournier, Henk van der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, André Blais, and Jonathan Rose. When Citizens Decide: Lessons from Citizen Assemblies on Electoral Reform. Oxford University Press. (2010)

Johnston, Richard and Fred Cutler. “Canada: The Puzzle of Local Three-Party Competition” in B. Grofman, A. Blais, S. Bowler, eds. Duverger’s Law of Plurality Voting. New York: Springer, pp. 83-96 (2009)

“Whodunnit? Canadian Voters, Intergovernmentalism, and Responsibility”. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. 41:3, 627-654 (2008).

One Voter, Two First-Order Elections? Electoral Studies 27, 492-503 (2008)

Fred Cutler, Richard G. C. Johnston, R. Kenneth Carty, Andre Blais and Patrick Fournier . “The BC Citizens’ Assembly As Agenda-Setter: Shaking Up Voter Choice”. in Designing Democratic Renewal. Ed. Mark Warren and Hilary Pearse. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Context and Attitude Formation: Social Interaction, Default Information, or Local Interests? Political Geography 26:5 (2007), 575-600.

with J. Scott Matthews. “The Challenge of Municipal Voting: Vancouver 2002”. Canadian Journal of Political Science. 38.2. (2005), 1 – 24.

“Government Responsibility and Electoral Accountability in Federations”. Publius: The Journal of Federalism. 34.2. (Spring 2004).

“The Governments and Citizens of Canadian Federalism” (with Matthew Mendelsohn) in Philip Resnick and Gerald Kernerman, eds. Rethinking Citizenship in the Canadian Federation: Essays in Honour of Alan Cairns. UBC Press. (2004)

“Local Economies, Local Policy Effects, and Federal Electoral Behaviour” Canadian Journal of Political Science, 35 (2002).

“The Simplest Shortcut of All: Voter-Candidate Socio-Demographic Similarity and Electoral Choice” Journal of Politics, 64(2002).

“Where One Lives and What One Thinks: Implications of the Rural-Urban Cleavage for Canadian Federalism” (with Richard Jenkins) forthcoming, Canada: The State of the Federation 2000-2001. Queen’s University, Institute for Intergovernmental Relations.

“The Effect of Referendums on Democratic Citizens: Information, Politicization, Efficacy, and Tolerance” (with Matthew Mendelsohn), British Journal of Political Science 30 (2000).

“Jeremy Bentham and the Public Opinion Tribunal” Public Opinion Quarterly, 63 (1999).