William Cross is the Hon. Dick and Ruth Bell Chair for the Study of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. Dr. Cross is a student of comparative political institutions and his work emphasises the connections between civil society and political parties and legislatures. His recent work includes studies of Australian and New Zealand political parties, youth participation in Canadian politics, candidates in the 2008 federal election and changing methods of party leadership selection. Dr. Cross’ writing has appeared in many of the top-rated political science journals and his recent books include The Selection of Political Party Leaders in Contemporary Parliamentary Democracies: A Comparative Study (Routledge 2014),The Challenges of Intra-Party Democracy (Oxford 2013) and Politics at the Centre: the Selection and Removal of Party Leaders in Anglo Parliamentary Democracies (Oxford 2012). Since 2000, he has served as director of the Canadian Democratic Audit and in 2004-’05, he was Director of Research for the New Brunswick Commission on Legislative Democracy. Dr. Cross was recently chosen as President-Elect of the Canadian Political Science Association.
Dr. Cross joined Carleton in 2005 after teaching for eight years at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick where he was the Edgar and Dorothy Davidson Chair in Canadian Studies. Prior to that, he was a SSHRC post-doctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia.