Peter Loewen is the former Director of the now-merged School of Public Policy and Governance and is Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He works on questions of elite and citizen behaviour and the role of technology in improving governance and representation. He has published in leading journals including the Proceedings of the National Academic of Sciences, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Transactions of the Royal Society B, and Political Communication. His research has been funded by SSHRC, the European Research Council, the Government of Ontario, and other organizations. He regularly engages in public debate, and acts as a consultant to several public and private organizations. Previously, he served as the Director of the Centre for the Study of the United States at the Munk School of Global Affairs. He received his PhD from the Université de Montréal and his BA from Mount Allison University.