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Peggy Schmeiser PhD, MA, BA, BSc JSGS Faculty, U of S

Assistant Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan; Associate Director, Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

Address
RM 156, 101 Diefenbaker Place, Saskatoon S7N 5B8

Areas of Interest

  • Science and innovation policy
  • Secularism/Religion law and policy
  • Culture and heritage policy

About

Peggy Schmeiser is a faculty member at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan (USask). She is also the co-founder and current Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy (CSIP). 

Peggy is the Principal Investigator for a multidisciplinary project examining models and capacity for convergence research at national science facilities in Canada. She is also the founder and lead for CSIP’s Women in Science speaker series and is engaged in research collaborations around themes relating to science, evidence and uncertainty in decision-making and policy processes. In addition, Peggy is currently completing a book manuscript on religion, public policy and equality in Canada for publication by University of Toronto Press. 

Originally from Saskatoon, Peggy completed a B.Sc. in Biology at USask before attending the University of Ottawa where she completed a B.A. Honours, two M.A.s and a Ph.D. in areas relating to culture, secularism, religion and social equality. Peggy has taught at four universities and across wide-ranging disciplines including public policy and governance. She is proficient in French, and has researched, published and lectured internationally on diverse topics relating to Canadian society, public policy and law, transdisciplinary collaboration, science and innovation, culture, equality and secularism.

Designations

  • PhD, University of Ottawa
  • MA, University of Ottawa
  • MA, Saint Paul University
  • BA Honours, University of Ottawa
  • BSc, University of Saskatchewan

Recent Grants/Awards

Grants

  • Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation (~$270K) for study entitled, “Advancing Convergence and Collaborative Research through Major Research Facilities (MRFs),” 2019 - 2021
  • Western Economic Diversification Canada (~$25K) for new Women in Science Speaker Series, 2019
  • Innovation Saskatchewan ($7K) for new Women in Science Speaker Series, 2019
  • University of Saskatchewan, Office of the Vice-President Research, Science in Society Grant ($30,000) for multi-disciplinary study on "Big Science", the Humanities and Social Sciences at four Canadian Universities, 2011- 2015

Select Publications

  • Peggy Schmeiser. (Forthcoming). Religion and Public Policy in Canada: A Critical Approach.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • ______________. (Forthcoming). “Vestigial State Theory and Law in Canada: A Critical Response.” In End of Religion: Feminist Reappraisals of the State, edited by Naomi Goldenberg and Kathleen McPhillips. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Béland, Daniel, André Lecours, and Peggy Schmeiser. (Forthcoming) “Nationalism, Secularism, and Ethno-Religious Diversity in Quebec.” Journal of Canadian Studies.
  • Peggy Schmeiser. 2019. “Governance and Public Policy as Critical Objects of Investigation in the Study of Religion.” In Constructing “Data” in Religious Studies: Examining the Architecture of the Academy, edited by Leslie Smith. Sheffield: Equinox Publishing Limited, 127-135.
  • Peggy Schmeiser. 2016. "Courting Disaster: How the Law Makes and Manages Religion in  Canada." Chapter submission for collection focused on Critical Religion and the State.
  • Peggy Schmeiser, Jennifer Poudrier and Dean Chapman. 2015. Final report on "Collision and Convergence: Assessing and Maximizing the Mutual Benefits of Collaboration between 'Big Science', Social Sciences and the Humanities." (Unpublished report currently being prepared for submission.)
  • Peggy Schmeiser. 2013. "Feminist Liberation Commitments Enacted" Journal of Feminist Studies  in Religion Vol 29 No 2 (Fall}: 172-175.
  • ______ . 2011. "Raising Sam: Mothering as a Secular Feminist Scholar of Religion."  Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol 27 No 2 (Fall}: 148-152.
  • ______ . 2007. "Wanting More Change: A Few Reflections from a Secular Menace."  Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion Vol 23 No 2 (Fall): 121-126.
  • ______ . 2004. "'It's Not Normal!' Just How Queer are Religion and Spirituality Getting in This Country?" Intersecting Voices: Critical Theologies in a Land of Diversity, edited by Don Schweitzer and Derek Simon. Ottawa: Novalis Press, 223-245.
  • ______ . 2002. "Interview With Naomi R. Goldenberg." Feminist Theology No. 30  (May): 114-127.
  • ______ . 2001. "Richard Hardy's Loving Men: Gay Partners, Spirituality, and AIDS"  (book review). Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 30.
  • ______ . 2000. "Visions of the Future" (Response to Mary Daly). Feminist Theology  No. (May): 36-39.
  • ______ . 1999. "Social Change." In The Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion, edited by Serinity Young. New York: Macmillan Reference, 2, 915-917.

Policy briefs and public commentaries

  • Schmeiser, Peggy. 2020. “Knowledge in a Blender: Why We’re So Mixed Up about Evidence in Public Policy.” Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy Making Waves Series. May 27. https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/csip/publications/making-waves/knowledge-in-a-blender.php
  • Schmeiser, Peggy (Principal author), Jennifer Poudrier, Dean Chapman, Anne Ballantyne, Karen Wood and Joelena Leader. 2020. “Big Enough Questions.” Canadian Science Policy Centre Editorial Series: Response to COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impacts. April 23. https://sciencepolicy.ca/news/big-enough-questions. Reposted to Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy Making Waves Series. April 27. https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/csip/publications/making-waves/big-enough-questions.php
  • Schmeiser, Peggy. 2020. “Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Evidence in Decision-Making.” Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy Making Waves Series. April 3. https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/csip/publications/making-waves/multidisciplinary-collaboration-and-evidence-in-decision-making.php
  • Schmeiser, Peggy. 2020. CJWW radio news commentary and reference in Carol Thomson, "Is it Real News or Fake News." March 30.  https://www.cjwwradio.com/2020/03/30/is-it-real-news-or-fake-news/
  • Phillips, Peter and Peggy Schmeiser. 2017. “Science and innovation policy for the 21st century: Shaping the dialogue.” Johnson Shoyama Graduate School Policy Brief, March 2017. https://www.schoolofpublicpolicy.sk.ca/research/publications/policy-brief/science-and-innovation-policy-for-the-21st-century-shaping-the-dialogue.php

Conference Presentations and Invited Academic Lectures

Upcoming

  • “Knowledge in a Blender: Why We're So Mixed-up About Evidence in Policy Processes,” International Political Science Association World Congress, Lisbon, July, 2021.
  • “Religion, Public Policy and Law: A Critical Perspective,” (Co-author with Naomi Goldenberg), International Political Science Association World Congress, Lisbon, July 2021.
  • “Freedom of Religion in the Secular State:  New Trajectories for the Study of Religion, Public Policy and Law.” Oxford University, March 2021.
  • “The Promise of Convergence Research: The readiness of Canada’s national research facilities and academic partners to support policy responses to grand challenges.” Panel convenor and speaker. Canadian Science Policy Conference. Virtual conference, November 2020.

Completed

  • “Collaborating Across the Academy.” Invited Lecture, Queen’s University, Ontario, April 2018.
  • “Religion and Law in Canada: Applying a Critical Perspective.” Invited Presentation, Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice Annual Retreat, Regina, September 2017.
  • “Multidisciplinary Collaboration and ‘Wicked Problems’: Academic Approaches to Support Science and Innovation Policy.” Speaker and co-convenor for plenary panel on “Transdisciplinary and Multidimensional Approaches – Setting the Stage.” Canadian Science Policy Conference. Ottawa, Ontario, November 2017.
  • “Governance and Public Policy as Critical Objects of Investigation in the Study of Religion.” North American Association for the Study of Religion Annual Meeting. Boston, Mass., November 2017. 
  • “Policy and Multi-disciplinarity: How Governance Changes.” International Conference on Public Policy. Singapore, June 2017.
  • “Religious Freedom in the Secular State: Reflections on How Governments and the Courts Make and Manage the Category of Religion.” Conference on Religio – Shaping and Defining the Notion of ‘Religion’ Velletri Rome, Italy, July 2016.
  • "Courting Disaster: How the Law Makes and Manages Religion in Canada." University of Ottawa Conference, Ontario, June 2015.
  • "Sacred Precedents: Canadian Dispatches on Religion, State Authority and Gender," 1st Gender and Religion International Seminar: Women, Religion and Politics," Newcastle, NSW, Australia, December 2012.
  • "From Classroom to Court: How Feminist and Queer Scholarship of Religion Can and Should Change the World," Interdisciplinary postgraduate seminar on Women and Religion in a Post-secular Age, University of Newcastle, Australia, December 2012.
  • "Theory Beyond the Classroom: Commitment in Action," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Feminist Liberation Theologians' Network, Chicago, November 2012.
  • "So Help You God? The Strange Case of Religion and Law in Canada," European Science Foundation Research Conference on Religion, Gender and Human Rights, Linkoping, Sweden, June 2011.
  • "Where in Heaven's Name is Canada Going? A Response to Marci MacDonald," Breaking the Silence Conference, Saskatoon, Sask., March 2011.
  • Moderator, Panel on the Religious Right in Canada, Breaking the Silence Conference, Saskatoon, Sask., March 2011.
  • "Theorizing for Policy's Sake: Theoretical Approaches to Feminist Knowledge and Pedagogy", Teaching for Change: A Conference Sponsored by The Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, Cambridge, Mass., June 2005.
  • "Reflections on Canada-USA Relations in Cinematic Depictions of Gender," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Toronto, November 2002.
  • Moderator, Panel entitled "Beyond the Body Margins," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Nashville, November 2000.
  • "Flames and Fury: Critical Reflections on Women, Mentorship and the Academy," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, November 2000.
  • "Critical Response to the film Fire," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, November 1999.
  • "Deathbeds and Destruction: Representations of Female Intimacy in Western Religion and Film," Conference on Media, Religion and Culture, Edinburgh, Scotland, July 1999.
  • "Vision of the Future: A Responses to Mary Daly", American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Orlando, November 1998.
  • Moderator, Panel on Religion, Film, and Visual Culture, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Orlando, November 1998.
  • "Screened Out: Female Intimacy in Western Religion and Film," American Academy of Religion Eastern International Meeting, Toronto, April 1998.
  • "Sites of Destruction: The Cinematic Fate of the Female Body," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Francisco, November 1997.
  • "Deathbeds and Destruction: The Fate of the Female Body in Popular Women's Films," Northeastern Conference of the Anthropological Association, Montebello, April 1997.
  • "The Marginalization and Destruction of the Female Body in Popular Women's Films," American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 1996.
  • Respondent, Religion and Film Consultation, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, New Orleans, November 1996.
  • Response to the film Silverlake Life: The View From Here, American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, November 1995.