Robert J. Pekkanen is a Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Adjunct Professor of Political Science, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 2002. His research interests lie in electoral systems, political parties, interview methods, international crisis negotiations, and nonprofits or civil society. He has published articles in political science journals such as The American Political Science Review, The British Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Political Studies. He has published twelve books in English on electoral systems, civil society, elections and political parties. His The Oxford Handbook of Electoral Systems featured a chapter on the Canadian electoral system and politics. In his UW course, JSIS B 472 / POL S 472 Pekkanen teaches about the Canadian electoral system and elections. Pekkanen is also planning a new course featuring an international crisis simulation exercise focussing on the Arctic. Pekkanen’s research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Science Foundation, among others.