Faculty: Dr. Edward Bell

Chair, School of Behavioural & Social Sciences
Professor, Sociology
Coordinator, Family Studies
Office: Ursuline Hall, Room 321
Email: eabell@uwo.ca
Telephone: 519-432-8353 ext 28236

Academic Background

  • 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)

Representative Publications

  • Edward Bell, Aaron Weinschenk, Christopher Dawes, Rainer Riemann, and Christian Kandler. “Patterns and Sources of the Association between Intelligence, Party Identification, and Political Orientations.” Forthcoming in Intelligence.
  • Aaron Weinschenk, Christopher Dawes, Christian Kandler, Edward Bell, and Rainer Riemann. (2019). “New Evidence on the Link Between Genes, Psychological Traits, and Political Engagement.” Politics and the Life Sciences 38 (1): 1-13. This article was discussed in a piece in Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/caveman-politics/201909/nature-and-nurture-connecting-personality-politics
  • 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.

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