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.