Associate Professor

Associate Professor

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 and their satisfaction with democracy ( 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.

He has also served as Director of the Undergraduate Program in Political Science and as Director of the Faculty of Arts Instructional Support and Information Technology (Arts ISIT).

Fred is also co-founder and CEO of ISIT Technology, makers of a cloud-based educational technology called WeVu.Video.

Fred Cutler teaches courses in Canadian Politics, public opinion, political psychology, and elections. He also teaches quantitative and statistical methods.

Professor Cutler supervises students in Canadian and Comparative politics, with an emphasis on political behaviour, public opinion, political psychology, and elections.

See my publications on ORCID here:


Fournier, P. Cutler, F. Soroka. S. “Who Responds to Election Campaigns? The Two-Moderator Model Revisited.” In Loewen, P. J. and Rubenson, D. eds. Duty and Choice: The Evolution of the Study of Voting and Voters. University of Toronto Press. 2019.

Fournier, P. Fred Cutler, Stuart Soroka, Dietlind Stolle, Eric Belanger. “Riding the Orange Wave: Leadership, Values, Issues, and the 2011 Canadian Election,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 46:4 (2013)

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

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

Fred Cutler “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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professor Cutler is conducting research on satisfaction with democracy.

He is also doing research and writing on the value of peer-reviewed academic journals and the possibility of alternative systems of research dissemination.


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