Joan Grace

Political Science

Sara Smith Title: Professor
Office: 6L16
Building: Lockhart Hall
Phone: 204.786.9377


Joan Grace holds a BA (Honours) from the University of Victoria, a MPA from the U of Winnipeg/U of Manitoba Joint MPA Program, and a PhD in political science from McMaster University. In the Department of Political Science, Joan teaches Canadian politics, women & politics, and social movements/interest groups.

Joan was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Research Grant for her project Coming to Grips with the State. She has presented numerous papers at national and international conferences. Her articles have appeared in academic journals and edited scholarly collections. Joan is a founding member of GenParlNet (Gender-focused Parliamentary Institutions Research Network), an international team of experts analysing the role of gender-focused committees in legislatures. She is also a member of FIIN (Feminism and Intitutionalism International Network).  In 2008, Joan was Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.  Her current research focuses on state architectures and institutional practices which structure women's policy advocacy within the Canadian federal system and provincial governments.

Joan was recently awarded the Robin H. Farquhar Award for Excellence in Contributing to Self-Governance at the University of Winnipeg.

Research Interests:
Canadian Politics, Women & Politics, Gender & Institutions


Selected Publications:

"Women and the 2016 Manitoba Election" in Karine Levasseur, Andrea Rounce, Barry Ferguson and Royce Koop, eds., Understanding the Manitoba Election 2016: Campaigns, Participation, Issues, Place. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2016. (e-book available for download at:

"Presence and Purpose in the Canadian House of Commons: The Standing Committee on the Status of Women," Parliamentary Affairs, forthcoming, 2016. (available in electronic format)

"Building from the Ground Up: Funding the Infrastructure Deficit in Manitoba," Manitoba Law Journal, (37) 2, 2015.

"Understanding Women in Manitoba Politics," in Andrea Rounce and Jared Wesley, eds., Disengaged? The 2011 Manitoba Election. Regina: Regina University Press, 2015.

"Politics and Promise: A Feminist-Institutional Analysis of Policy Change and The Royal Commission on the Status of Women," in Carolyn Johns and Greg Inwood, eds., Commissions of Inquiry and Policy Change: A Comparative Analysis.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

"Gender and Institutions of Multi-Level Governance: Child Care and Social Policy Debates in Canada," in Mona Lena Krook and Fiona Mackay, eds., Gender, Politics and Institutions: Towards a Feminist Institutionalism. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

"Policy Advocacy and Gender Equality: Has the Manitoba "Advantage" Worked for Women?", in Paul Thomas and Curtis Brown, eds., Manitoba Politics and Government: Issues, Institutions, Traditions. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2010.