Fernando Feitosa

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Political Science
McGill University


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Fernando Feitosa is a FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at McGill University. In his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Feitosa provides an answer to two important questions: do individuals rationalize their sense of civic duty to vote based on their prior voting behavior? And where does this political attitude come from? Relying on diverse estimation methods, Dr. Feitosa offers evidence that individuals are unlikely to change their sense of duty to match their prior voting behavior. Moreover, Dr. Feitosa shows that civic education and compulsory voting contribute to the development of civic duty, whereas corruption bears a marginal effect on how dutiful individuals feel. Besides civic duty, Dr. Feitosa’s interests include political polarization, democratic support, and political institutions. Dr. Feitosa is currently affiliated with the Center for the Study of Democratic Citizenship. He is a former research fellow at the Canada Research Chair in Electoral Democracy, and at the Center for Political Science Research.

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