FACULTY & STAFF
Peter John Loewen
Director, Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies Program
Peter Loewen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. His work focusses on political behaviour broadly conceived, but especially in the Anglo-American democracies. His work has been published in such journals as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Electoral Studies, Political Psychology, and the Canadian Journal of Political Science.
Peter's work is currently taking place in three broad streams. The first is concerned with understanding how individual differences—which we may understand as dispositional, longstanding, and occasionally fundamental psychological and behavioural differences between people—matter for political behaviour. This work combines experiments and surveys in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The second stream is interested in understanding the representational behaviour of politicians and political elites. Broadly speaking, this research is interested in the decisions and actions taken by these elites when presented with a representational opportunity or challenge. This research combines natural experiments, field experiments, and, in the future, extensive interviewing and survey experimentation. The third stream is concerned with statistical and experimental methods in political science.
Peter received his PhD from the Université de Montréal, and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of British Columbia, and the University of California San Diego. His research is funded by SSHRC, the European Research Council, and by a Government of Ontario Early Researcher Award.
In addition to his UofT duties, Peter has undertaken extensive public-facing work. He writes a regular column for the Ottawa Citizen, and has in the past contributed to The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. He has engaged in past electoral engagement work with Vote Compass in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, CBC, and Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He also engages in ongoing consulting work with various electoral management bodies.
Event Coordinator, Centre for the Study of the United States and American Studies Program
Stella Kyriakakis is the Event Coordinator for the Centre for the Study of the United States. She is also the administrator for the Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Stella is the former administrator of the Latin American Studies Program, and Executive Assistant to the Director of the Master of Architecture Program at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, at the University of Toronto. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts Specialist degree from the University of Toronto. She has over 20 years experience as a Director/Senior Manager in artist-run centres and film organizations, including Manager of Operations of Graphic Pictures Inc. (documentary films); Director of Art Metropole (one of Canada's oldest artist-run centres); Programs and Publications Coordinator at Gallery TPW/Toronto Photographers Workshop; and Director of the Photon League of Holographers (artist-run centre). Currently, Stella freelances as a copy editor of art publications for various organizations including YYZBooks, the Hart House Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, the Walker Art Center, and edits for various journals and freelance curators internationally.
Program Advisor, American Studies Program
PhD, University of Toronto
Patrick Vitale is the Program Advisor for the American Studies Program, Centre for the Study of the United States. Any questions or concerns regarding the program can be discussed during his regularly scheduled office hours on Tuesdays from 1-3 pm, in the Munk School of Global Affairs, 1 Devonshire Place, Room 326N, or by appointment by sending an email to email@example.com.
Patrick recently received his PhD in Geography from the University of Toronto for his dissertation, “The Atomic Capital of the World: Suburbanization, technoscience, and the remaking of Pittsburgh during the Cold War.” His research examines the confluence of the Cold War, science and engineering, and suburbanization in the Pittsburgh region from 1937 to 1979. Using the Westinghouse Electric Corporation's extensive involvement in the nuclear industry as an example, Patrick argues that the suburbanization of scientific work was a vital and overlooked aspect of the dramatic remaking of the Pittsburgh region during the Cold War. Fundamental to Patrick’s argument is that the Cold War is constituted at the level of the local and everyday, that Cold War science is situated within a suburban context, and that one force driving suburbanization in Pittsburgh was the desire to protect the privilege of scientific research and researchers.
During the 2013-14 academic year, Patrick is teaching USA 310: Post-war? and GGR 254: Geography of the USA.
Research Associate 2013-14
PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Leandra Zarnow is a Research Associate with the Centre for the Study of the United States during 2013-2014.
Leandra comes to the Centre from Stanford University, where she was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow during 2011-2013. She received her PhD from University of California, Santa Barbara. Leandra is primarily interested in United States women's and gender history, U.S. political, legal, and cultural development, and transnational rights movements. She is currently completing her first book, Bella Abzug and the Promise and Peril of the American Left, to be published by Harvard University Press. Her articles have appeared in journals including Law and Social Inquiry, Reviews in American History, Feminist Formations, and the Journal of Policy History.