Lawrence LeDuc is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto. He received his Ph.D from the University of Michigan and taught Political Science at the University of Windsor for a number of years before moving to Toronto in 1986. He has been Visiting Professor at Florida State University, the University of Amsterdam, Kwansei Gakuin University (Japan). Central European University, and the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has also been a visiting research fellow at Trinity College (Dublin), Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. In 2015, Professor LeDuc received the Mildred A. Schwartz lifetime achievement award from the Canadian politics section of the American Political Science Association.
Professor LeDuc’s publications include Comparing Democracies (with Richard G. Niemi and Pippa Norris), Dynasties and Interludes (with Jon H. Pammett, Judith I. McKenzie and André Turcotte), The Politics of Direct Democracy, Absent Mandate (with Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett), How Voters Change (with William L. Miller, Harold D. Clarke, Martin Harrop and Paul Whiteley), and Political Choice in Canada (with Harold D. Clarke, Jane Jenson and Jon H. Pammett) as well as numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Electoral Studies, Party Politics, Political Science, Canadian Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies and the European Journal of Political Research.
His current research interests are in the areas of political participation, electoral reform and direct democracy.