Lois Harder is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta. Primarily focusing on Canada, she researches and teaches in the areas of citizenship law, social policy and the regulation of intimate life. Her abiding research question is “Why/how does sex matter to the state?” Lois is currently working on a book project examining Canada’s citizenship laws, the Lost Canadians, and the complexities of birthright citizenship.
Lois was recently the Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library (2014) and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Kent Centre for Law, Gender and Sexuality in March 2015. She also held a Fulbright Professorship at the University of Hawaii (2008). Together with her former student Michelle Thomarat, Lois was awarded the Jill Vicker’s Prize from the Canadian Political Science Association in 2012 for their paper “Parentage Law in Canada: The Numbers Game of Standing and Status.” This work appears in the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family 26.1(April 2012): 62-87.
Before taking up the post of department chair, Lois served a three year term as the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts. In addition to her academic work, Lois is an avid amateur musician, playing violin in a piano trio and an early music ensemble.