Chair, School of Behavioural & Social Sciences
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 321
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28236
- B.A., University of Victoria
- M.A., University of Alberta
- Ph.D., McGill University
Research and Scholarly Interests
- Political Sociology
- Behaviour Genetic Study of Politics
- Social Movements
- Social Change
- Statistics for Sociology (Sociology 2205A/B)
- Research Methods in Sociology (Sociology 2206A/B)
- Investigating the Social World: Quantitative Research (Sociology 3306A/B)
My teaching philosophy: “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire” (William Butler Yeats, with apologies to Plutarch).
Recipient of 2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching (Full-Time Faculty)
- Aaron Weinschenk, Christopher Dawes, Christian Kandler, Edward Bell, and Rainer Riemann. “New Evidence on the Link Between Genes, Psychological Traits, and Political Engagement.” Politics and the Life Sciences, in press.
- Alan Bryman and Edward Bell. (2019). Social Research Methods (Fifth Canadian Edition). Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
- Edward Bell, Christian Kandler, and Rainer Riemann. (2018). “Genetic and Environmental Influences on Socio-Political Attitudes: Addressing Some Gaps in the New Paradigm.” Politics and the Life Sciences 37 (2): 236-249.
- Edward Bell and Christian Kandler. (2017). “The Genetic and Sociological: Exploring the Possibility of Consilience.” Sociology 51 (4): 880-896. Nominated for the 2018 SAGE Prize for Innovation and Excellence.
- Christian Kandler, Edward Bell, and Rainer Riemann. (2016). “The Structure and Sources of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Social Dominance Orientation.” European Journal of Personality 30: 406-420.
- Edward Bell. “Genotype-Environment Interactions.” (2016). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences: 1-8. Springer International Publishing.
- Edward Bell and Christian Kandler (2015). “The Origins of Party Identification and its Relationship to Political Orientations.” Personality and Individual Differences 83: 136-141.
- Christian Kandler, Edward Bell, Chizuru Shikishima, Shinji Yamagata, and Rainer Riemann (2015). “The Genetic Foundations of Attitude Formation: The Case of Left-Right Political Orientations.” In R. A. Scott & S. M. Kosslyn (eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1-21. Oxford, UK: Wiley.
- Michael A. Woodley, Heiner Rindermann, Edward Bell, James Stratford, and Davide Piffer. (2014). “The relationship between Microcephalin, ASPM, and intelligence: A reconsideration.” Intelligence 44: 51-63.
- Michael A. Woodley and Edward Bell. (2013). “Consanguinity as a Major Predictor of Levels of Democracy: A Study of 70 Nations.” Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 44(2): 263–280.
- Edward Bell, Michael A. Woodley, Julie Aitken Schermer and Philip A. Vernon. (2012). “Politics and the General Factor of Personality.” Personality and Individual Differences 53: 456–551.
- Michael A. Woodley and Edward Bell. (2011). “Is collective intelligence (mostly) the General Factor of Personality? A comment on Woolley, Chabris, Pentland, Hashmi and Malone.” Intelligence 39: 79–81.
- Edward Bell, Julie Aitken Schermer and Philip A. Vernon (2009). “The Origins of Political Attitudes and Behaviours: An Analysis Using Twins.” Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (4): 855–879.
- Edward Bell. (2008). “Catholicism and Democracy: A Reconsideration.” Journal of Religion & Society 10: 1–22.
- Edward Bell, Harold Jansen, and Lisa Young. (2007). “Sustaining a Dynasty in Alberta: The 2004 Provincial Election.” Canadian Political Science Review 1 (2): 27–49.
- Edward Bell. (2007). “Separatism and Quasi-Separatism in Alberta.” Prairie Forum 32(2): 335–55.
- Edward Bell. (2004). “Ernest Manning.” In Bradford J. Rennie, ed., Alberta Premiers of the Twentieth Century, 147–82. Regina: University of Regina, Canadian Plains Research Center.
- Edward Bell. (2002). “Prairie Politics: Why ‘Right’ in Alberta but ‘Left’ in Saskatchewan?” In Douglas Baer, ed., Political Sociology: An Introduction, 202–17. Toronto: Oxford University Press Canada.
- Edward Bell. (2001). “Social Change.” In James J. Teevan and W.E. Hewitt, eds., Introduction to Sociology: A Canadian Focus (Seventh Edition), 430–55. Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall.
- Edward Bell. (1993). Social Classes and Social Credit in Alberta. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
- Interviewed by the Calgary Herald on the topic of Premier Alison Redford’s resignation, March 21, 2014:
- Global News (Toronto) interview on the use of emotion in politics, May 3, 2012: http://globalnews.ca/news/241226/conservatives-use-emotion-more-effectively-when-campaigning-study/
- Interviewed by Global News (Toronto) on the issue of the heritability of political attitudes and behaviours, October 26, 2011:
- CBC radio Ideas program interview on the topic of Alberta politics and society, broadcast December 6, 2005.