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 political parties, identity, public opinion, and behaviour. Specifically, he is interested in applying a political psychology perspective to the understanding of attitudes and identities. This motivates his dissertation which examines individuals’ psychological connection to political parties and how those connections are mediated by institutions. It also examines how changes to these connections affect individuals’ attitudes and behaviors. This work primarily employs quantitative methodology including both observational and experimental methods.

Matt’s teaching interests include political psychology, Canadian politics, comparative politics and methodology. He is also interested in research on pedagogy and how it affects students’ capacity building.