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J.P. Lewis

Associate Professor, Politics Advisor


History and Politics

Hazen Hall 344

Saint John
1 506 648 5920

J.P. Lewis is an Associate Professor of political science at the University of New Brunswick Saint John. He received a BA (Honours) from the University of Waterloo in 2002 and MAs in Political Science (2003) and History (2005) from the University of Guelph. He obtained a PhD from Carleton University in 2011 where his dissertation was on the evolution of citizenship education in Canadian schools, with a focus on both policy development and implementation.

The Blueprint

His major research interests are in cabinet government and citizenship education, with a focus on Canada. He teaches courses on Canadian government and politics, provincial politics, federalism, elections and political parties and Canadian politics and the media.

He recently co-edited a book with Professor Joanna Everitt on federal conservative parties in Canada. The Blueprint: Conservative parties and their impact on Canadian politics is published by the University of Toronto Press.

Recent publications

Cabinet government

“Executive Creep in Canadian Provincial Legislatures” with Paul E.J. Thomas. Canadian Journal of Political Science. Vol. 52. Issue 2. 363-383. 2019.

“From Elitism to Idealization: The Representation of Premiers in Social Media Videos” with Stephanie Yates. Political Elites in Canada. Edited by Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Andrea Lawlor. Vancouver: UBC Press. 2018.

“A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing: The Stephen Harper Ministry” The Blueprint: Conservative parties and their impact on Canadian politics. University of Toronto Press. Edited by J.P. Lewis and Joanna Everitt. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 2017.

“Can we objectively identify underrated leaders? A case study of Canadian provincial premiers”, British Journal of Canadian Studies Volume 30. Issue 1. 2017.

"Governance in the Age of Digital Media and Branding" with Alex Marland and Tom Flanagan. Governance. 2016.

"A Consideration of Cabinet Size", Canadian Parliamentary Review. Volume 38. Number 3. 2015.

"'Expansion in Progress' Understanding Portfolio Adoption in the Canadian Provinces, 1982-2012" with Andrea Lawlor. Canadian Journal of Political Science. Volume 48. Number 1. March 2015.

"Provincial Governments and Ministerial Portfolios in Canada (1867-2012)" with Andrea Lawlor. Canadian Public Administration. Volume 57. Issue 4. December 2014.

"Elite Attitudes on the Centralization of Power in Canadian Political Executives: A Survey of Former Canadian Provincial and Federal Cabinet Ministers, 2000-2010", Canadian Journal of Political Science Volume 46. Issue 4. 2013

"If we could all be Peter Lougheed: Provincial premiers and their legacies, 1967-2007", British Journal of Canadian Studies Volume 25. Issue 1. 2012.

Citizenship education

"Should electoral bodies encourage voting? The Case for the Civic Education Role" Citizenship Teaching and Learning. Volume 10. Number 3. 2015.

"The Place of Civic Engagement in Introductory Canadian Politics and Government Courses in Canadian Universities" with Stephanie Bell. Journal of Political Science Education. Volume 11. Issue 2. 2015.

"A Survey of Civic Engagement Education in Introductory Canadian Politics Courses" with Stephanie Bell. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Volume 6. Issue 1. 2014.

"Mapping the Civic Education Policy Community in Canada: A Study of Policy Actors' Attitudes", with Stephanie Bell. Citizenship Teaching and Learning Volume 9. Issue 3. 2014.

"It's What Happens on the Front Lines of Civic Education Policy that Matters: Reflections on a Natural Experiment on Youth Turnout in Ontario", with Henry Milner. Canadian Political Science Review, Volume 5. Issue 2. 2011.