Jean-François Godbout (Northwestern Ph.D. 2007) is an Associate Professor in the Department of political science at the University of Montreal. Jean-François's research is primarily focused on democratic processes and political institutions. He has published several journal articles on legislative behavior and elections in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. While at CSDP, Jean-François intends to study political representation to analyze the relationship between legislators and their constituents in the Canadian House of Commons and the United States House of Representatives. The primary goal is to determine if the high level of partisanship currently observed in both of these legislatures reduces the responsiveness of elected officials to local concerns. Overall, the project will advance our knowledge of electoral democracy and political representation and should encourage public debates on the challenges confronting legislative institutions today.