Christopher Alcantara's blog

Why Trump the President might actually be very different from Trump the Candidate

Take a deep breath. The world is not going to end on inauguration day.
 
There is no question that Donald Trump’s victory was jarring, shocking, and even disturbing. Despite the conciliatory messages offered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, commentators and citizens and Canada are freaking out. 
 

PhD students, take note! Some thoughts on academic publishing

Earlier this month at Western, I spoke to PhD students in political science about how to publish. Here are the speaking notes I used for that presentation.

 

The Five “Ws” and One “H” of Publishing

I’ve structured my presentation on academic publishing around six questions: Who? What? Where? When? Why? And How?

Let me begin with Why you should publish.

 

Why should you publish?

build a CV for scholarships and job market

get in the habit of publishing (a key aspect of this career)

Reforming University Education: Why Jeffrey Simpson and others like him are wrong

Below is an op ed that I wrote but which never got published. I sent it to one big Canadian newspaper in the summer and they agreed to publish it. After waiting two months for it to appear in print, I asked permission to send it to another newspaper and the editor agreed. Another major Cdn newspaper agreed to publish it in September and then again sat on it for two months.

So rather than let it die a lonesone and ignoable death, I will publish it here. Enjoy!

Fighting Fire with Fire: The Implications of (Not) Going Negative in a Multiparty Election Campaign

"Sunny ways, my friends, sunny ways."

Trudeau believed that the positive tone of his campaign was a key factor for helping him win the last election. This positive tone was in stark contrast to the generally negative tone that Harper's Team took during the previous elections.  Which strategy, Harper's or Trudeau's, was more effective at winning votes?