Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Science

Matt Byrne’s research focusses on partisanship, identity, attitudes, and political behaviour.

Matthew Byrne is a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Institute for European Studies. His research interests include partisanship, political parties, identity, public opinion, and behaviour. Specifically, he is interested in applying theories in social psychology and personality to questions in political science.

His dissertation examines individuals’ psychological connection to political parties (partisanship). Specifically, it tests competing theories to demonstrate that party identity is a social identity like any other, except with higher permeability. It also applies the Social Identity Approach to develop a richer theoretical understanding of vote choice and offer novel predictions of attitude and behavior during and between elections. This research relies primarily on quantitative analysis of panel data from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

Matt’s teaching interests include political psychology, Canadian politics, comparative politics, and methodology. He is also interested in developments in pedagogy/andragogy and teaching practice.