Valérie-Anne Mahéo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Université Laval. In her research, Valérie-Anne uses a dynamic and interdisciplinary approach to study political socialisation, political behaviours, and social inequities.
In recent years, Valérie-Anne’s experimental studies have been published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science and Political Communication, among others. She has also presented the results of her studies at the annual conferences of the Canadian and American Political Science Associations. In 2016, she organized a conference on youth political participation attended by 120 researchers from 14 countries, as well as practitioners from more than 20 NGOs and public institutions.
Currently, Valérie-Anne is a member of the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship, Research Chair on Democracy and Parliamentary Institutions, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Montreal, and the Research Group on Political Communication, she is a former member of the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Studies and the Observatoire Jeunes et Société.
She is currently a collaborator with the Consortium on Electoral Democracy (PI: Prof. Laura Stephenson). Previously, she worked on prof. Michelle Taylor-Robinson’s study on gender and political candidates (Texas A&M) and with prof. Johan Martinsson’s project on the informational role of voting aid applications (Goteborg University).
Prior to joining the political science department at Université Laval, Valérie-Anne was a Postdoctoral Fellow at McGill University (2018-2020) where she worked with professor Éric Bélanger on the impacts of generational change on Canadian politics. From 2016-2018 Valérie-Anne completed field experiments to examine the effect of reciprocal socialization on democratic engagement for her FRQSC postdoctoral fellowship at Université de Montréal. Valérie-Anne holds a PhD in political science from McGill University.