I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University. I earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Toronto.
My past research examined why regional nationalist parties have treated the issues of immigration and diversity in very different ways. As part of this research, I spent several months completing fieldwork in Spain and was a visiting scholar at the University of the Basque Country. I continue to be interested in how conceptions of the nation (i.e., “who are we?”) influence the orientations of political parties and citizens in various policy domains. Using different methodologies, I have collaborated with colleagues to explore this matter in the Canadian context from different angles (i.e., healthcare, federalism, and the party system). Find links to some of his publications here.
As teaching is my primary responsibility, I spend most of my time designing and delivering courses that inspire student interest in politics while developing their research and writing skills. I have earned grants for research on “active learning” in methods classes and the effectiveness of group-based learning in large lecture classes. Recent student evaluations are posted here.
I enjoy teaching students at all levels but my primary focus is on lower division undergraduate courses. Introduction to Politics and Government (POL 100) and Investigating Politics (POL 200W) continue to be my primary courses and I look forward to teaching courses on Canadian Government and Politics (POL 221/222) and Canadian Federalism (POL 321) in the future.
Dr. Jeram is frequent media commentator on Canadian politics. Please see his profile in the SFU Media Experts Directory.
I will be on study leave from 1 September 2022 until 31 August 2023 and therefore not teaching any courses during the Fall 2022, Spring 2023 and Summer 2023 terms.