Lois Harder is Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College and Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. In her role as Principal, she is committed to creating opportunities for engaging conversations about leadership and opportunities to learn leadership skills to the university community and beyond. Leadership is a set of learned skills and aptitudes and it can be practised from wherever one is situated. If you want to get something done and you can’t do it alone, you’re engaged in leadership.
As an academic, Lois’ research and teaching focuses on 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.
In 2014, Lois was the Eccles Centre Visiting Canadian Fellow in North American Studies at the British Library 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 Principal, Lois served a three year term as Chair of the Department of Political Science (2015-2018), and prior to that, a three year term as the Associate Dean of Research for the Faculty of Arts (2011-2014). In addition to her academic work, Lois is an avid amateur musician, playing violin in a piano trio and violin and viola in an early music ensemble.