Need an Expert? 2021 Federal Election – Disruptive politics

Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2021

View from behind of protestor holding French sign reading 'non-vaccinated healthcare worker'

Members of the media may directly contact the following experts:


Michael Orsini (English and French)

Full Professor, Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences

Professor Orsini is an expert in health politics and policy.


Nomi Claire Lazar (English only)

Full Professor, Public and International Affairs, Faculty of Social Sciences, and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.


“In our current election, why are so many usually moderate folks engaging in angry and violent protest? Savvy political extremists use a technique called 'framing' to change what the events around us mean and why they matter to gain adherents across the political spectrum. This technique illuminates how other contemporary movements, like QAnon, operate also.” 


Elizabeth Dubois (English only)

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty of Arts

Professor Dubois can speak to how digital media and social media have been used during the election cycle, including to spread misinformation and disinformation, plus political bots.


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