Michael is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. He holds a BA in History, and an MA in Public Policy and Public Administration from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Michael also dedicates much of his time to rigorous quantitative and qualitative research methods training. His research centers on democracy and corruption across established and establishing democracies, and he is particularly interested in identifying policies and conditions that contribute to democratic decline.
Under the supervision of Dr. Scott E. Bennett, Michael’s dissertation questions the efficacy of stringent political finance regulations across a varied set of democratic states. He believes that mainstream assumptions about the effectiveness of these regulations are suspect, and instead argues in favor of more lenient political finance regimes based primarily on financial reporting requirements. Preliminary empirical research on this topic has yielded a paper which was presented at the Faculty of Public Affairs Emerging Perspectives conference. This paper was also awarded the 2019 Pollara Statistical Confidence Award for the best quantitative analysis paper written at an advanced level of studies.