Primarily focusing on Canada, I research and teach in the areas of citizenship law, social policy and the regulation of intimate life. My abiding research question is “Why/how does sex matter to the state?” I have explored that question with regard to the legal recognition of non-conjugal relationships (eg. “The State and the Friendships of the Nation” Signs); parental standing and status (“Parentage Law in Canada” International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family), and most recently the relationship between the formal rules of citizenship and the legal determination of parentage (“Does sperm have a flag? Canadian Journal of Law and Society). I am currently working on a book examining Canada’s citizenship laws, the Lost Canadians and the complexities of birthright citizenship. For more, see loisharder.com.
I have held a number of administrative positions at the University of Alberta, including Associate Dean Research (Arts), Department Chair (Political Science) and I am currently serving as the Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.
I am happy to supervise students working on citizenship, national identity, intersectional subjectivity (gender, race, class, sexuality), critical social policy analysis, kinship and the family, feminist political economy and law and society.