I am a professor in the political science department at the Université de Montréal. Between 2010 and 2014, I was head of this department.

I completed a Ph.D. in comparative and Canadian public policy at McMaster University in 1999. My current research centres on the behavior of policy actors (interest groups, civil servants, public opinion …) and on the politics of scientific expertise in Europe and North America. My publications cover several subject areas, including contaminated soil, biotechnology, energy, climate change and public health. I receive research funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Génome Québec and Genome Canada.

In 2006, my book, Misplaced Distrust, won the American Political Science Association’s Lynton Keith Caldwell Prize for the best book on environmental politics and policy.

CV (pdf)


“Politics, and especially the interest-group struggle, gets a bad rap. In this spirited defense of democratic, pluralist politics, Éric Montpetit compares the practice of politics with what the media says about that process in biotechnology policy. He finds serious distortions in media depictions that, he argues, need redressing. Montpetit’s defense is straightforward, solidly empirical, and his case is well-made. The book is a must-read for policy scholars, students in public policy courses, journalists covering politics, and policy activists. It is a needed bromide for today’s overly cynical view of the democratic political process.”

Bryan D. Jones, University of Texas, Austin.

Eric Montpetit on his latest book 'In Defense of Pluralism'


  • In Defense of Pluralism: Policy Disagreement and Its Media Coverage, March 2016, Cambridge University Press.
  • “Information, Values and Expert Decison-Making: the Case of Soil Decontamination” (with Erick Lachapelle), Policy Sciences Vol.49 2016.
  • “La chimie verte fait de la politique”. Article by Mathieu-Robert Sauvé on our Phytoremediation research. Le Devoir, September 6th, 2015.
  • “Putting Phytoremediation into Action” (with Erick Lachapelle), The Scientist Vol. 29 2015.
  • “Can Policy Actors Learn from Academic Science?” (with Erick Lachapelle), Environmental Politics Vol. 24 2015.
  • “Les sciences et l’élaboration des politiques publiques”, in Découvrir: Le magazine de l’ACFAS, avril 2015.