My summer in Montréal was an amazing experience. The city has a great mix of Francophone and Anglophone history and culture. The intensive French program at a school in the heart of Old Montréal provided a great chance to improve my language skills from an intermediate to an advanced level. The experience inspired me to consider a PhD focusing on civil society in Québec.
My research focuses on comparative policy studies, and I have looked at citizen political engagement through public deliberation. More specifically, I have begun to comparatively look at the influences of language and identity upon civic engagement within immigrant populations in Québec and France. I am also interested in relationships between citizen trust in government, the role of civil society, and citizen political engagement.