Jane Jenson



  • Fellow
  • Successful Societies


  • Université de Montréal
Department of Political Science


  • Canada


PhD (Political Science), University of Rochester
MA (Political Science), University of Rochester
BA (Economics and Political Science), McGill University


Jane Jenson is a political scientist whose current research interests and publications cover a wide spectrum of topics, including citizenship (especially social citizenship), social policy, social movements, diversity and gender studies.

She is particularly active in the analysis of changes to social policy paradigms in the direction of the social investment perspective in Canada and the European Union. Jenson is frequently consulted on these matters by governments, NGOs and research groups in Quebec, Canada and the European Union.


F.E.L. Priestley Lecturer in the History of Ideas, University College, University of Toronto, 2007

Fellow, Trudeau Foundation, 2005–08

Canada Research Chair in Citizenship and Governance, 2001

Member, Royal Society of Canada, 1989

Présidente, Société québécoise de science politique, 1999–2000

Relevant Publications

Jenson, J. "‘Different’ but not ‘exceptional’: Canada's permeable fordism." Can. Rev. Sociol. 26, no. 1 (1989): 69–94.