Conrad Winn

Political communication; Public opinion and political culture; Disability related policy and programs

Degrees:BA (McGill) PhD (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 1195
Office:C676 Loeb Building


Dr. Winn is Professor of Political Science at Carleton and visiting faculty at The NATO School, Oberammergau, Germany. Public opinion, communications, and public affairs remain his interests. His books include Political Parties in Canada (Toronto), Broadcasting Policy (Ottawa); Hate on Trial (Oakville); House of Commons Reform (Ottawa); and, Theater of Terror: Mass Media and International Terrorism (New York). In recent years, Conrad’s geographic focus has extended from North America and OECD countries to volatile societies on three continents, where he has done polling. His special interest is democracy, its appeal, and its adversaries.

Influenced by his non-university experiences, Conrad’s perspective tends to be practical, non-ideological, and somewhat psychological. He has held directorships with the Parliamentary Internship Program, the Canadian Association of Marketing Research Organizations and other not-for-profits. COMPAS Research, the firm he founded, is bronze partner to Special Olympics Canada. As a public opinion researcher, Conrad has provided strategic counsel to the main media chains in Canada, many individual newspapers, most federal departments, and most provinces as well as U.S. and U.K. government agencies such as the U.S. military commands and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His work has received awards and/or support from APSA, SSHRCC, Ontario Arts Council, and other bodies.

Conrad has taught at York University (Environmental Studies), the Université du Québec (Communications), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Political Science) as well as in the U.S. and Europe.

Selected Publications

“Bridging the Governance Gap in South Sudan’s Oil Sector: Connecting Policymakers to Populations in Africa’s Newest Country,” co-author in Andrew Grant, W.R.N. Compaoré, and M.I. Mitchell, eds., New Approaches to the Governance of Natural Resources: Insights from Africa (Palgrave 2014).

“Home‐grown Islamist radicalization in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Political Science (2012). Refereed paper, co-author.

The Nisga’a Treaty, Self-government, and Good Governance—The Jury Is Still Out (Winnipeg: Frontier Centre for Public Policy, 2011), co-author.

“Tracking-The War of Ideas 2008: A Poll of Ottawa Muslims,” Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, refereed paper, (November, 2011), co-author.

Preparing for Crises: Canada 2008 (Burlington: Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness, 2008), co-author.

“Complexity of Public Affairs Analysis in a Major Government Policy Area,” Canadian Journal of Marketing Research, 2008, co-author.

Post-Secondary Education: Cultural, Scholastic, and Economic Drivers (Montreal: Canada Millennium Scholarships Foundation, 2005), principal author.