Janine Brodie


She endeavours to identify the tools that will effectively reduce poverty and social inequalities at both local and national levels.

Janine Brodie holds a Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance at the University of Alberta. She earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at Carleton University in 1981, a year after accepting her first teaching position at Queen's University. In 1982, Dr. Brodie went to York University where, within nine years she was appointed full Professor as well as a Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Social Research, inaugural Director of the York Centre for Feminist Research, and John Robarts Chair in Canadian Studies. Dr. Brodie also held the University of Western Ontario Visiting Chair in Public Policy in 1995. From 1997 to 2004, she was Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. In 2002, Dr Brodie was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition, read the RSC Citation, of "the breadth of her scholarship and the strength of her academic leadership". Currently, she serves as Director of the RSC's Academy II.

Dr. Brodie's research critically engages with many of the core challenges in Canadian politics and public policy: citizenship, gender equality, political representation, social policy, globalization and contemporary transformations in governance. Her influential and innovative work in these areas is substantial and extensive. To date, she has written or co-written eight books, and edited or co-edited three others. Dr Brodie also publishes in a wide range of national and international scholarly journals, and she has written some seventy book chapters, most recently investigating the multiple and complex effects of neoliberal governing practices on social citizenship, and national governance. She also co-edits Critical Concepts, an introductory political science text, now in its fourth edition, which has been widely adopted by political science departments across Canada. Dr Brodie's current research focuses on contemporary social policies and anti-poverty strategies and challenges to democratic citizenship arising from continentalization and globalization.

  • January 25, 2018
    In December 2017, Governor General Julie Payette announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Six members of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation community were listed among the new members of the Order.
  • November 28, 2016
    In honour of Carleton University’s 75th anniversary in 2017, the university will profile 75 of the Faculty of Public Affairs’ most inspiring alumni over the next year. Among them will be 2010 Trudeau fellow Janine Brodie, Canada Research Chair in Political Economy and Social Governance at the University of Alberta. Find out more
  • December 2, 2014
    In November 2014, Trudeau fellows Janine Brodie (University of Alberta) and John McGarry (Queen’s University) were the two recipients of the Royal Society of Canada’s prestigious Innis-Gérin Medal for their distinguished and sustained contribution to the literature of the social sciences.
  • March 11, 2013
    2010 Trudeau Fellow Janine Brodie has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on 26 February 2013 at a reception hosted by University of Alberta President Indira Samarasekera and President of the Royal Society of Canada Yolande Grisé. Professor Brodie’s medal was given her by the University of Alberta as recognition to her work and contributions and for her academic scholarship and leadership.
  • August 13, 2012
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