Miriam Smith

Miriam Smith was a member of the Department of Political Science at Carleton University. In 2002-03, she was Canadian Studies Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. She is now a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. Her areas of interest are Canadian and American politics, in particular, political economy, social movements, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements in Canada. She also has a strong interest in institutionalist approaches to the study of politics, political institutions and public policy (see her website). Miriam was also a SDS Fellow of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.


Smith, Miriam. “Canada: the power of institutions.” In The Lesbian and Gay Movement and the State: Comparative Insights into a Transformed Relationship / edited by Manon Tremblay, David Paternotte, Carol Johnson. Farnham, Surrey ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, 2011. HQ76.5 .L47 2011


Nicol, Nancy; Smith, Miriam. “Legal struggles and political resistance: same-sex marriage in Canada and the USA.” In Same-Sex Marriage in the Americas: Policy Innovation for Same-Sex Relationships / edited by Jason Pierceson, Adriana Piatti-Crocker, and Shawn Schulenberg. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

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Smith, Miriam. Political Institutions and Lesbian and Gay Rights in the United States and Canada. New York: Routledge, 2008. HQ76.8.U5 S65 2009 230 p.


Nicol, Nancy; Smith, Miriam. “Legal struggles and political resistance: same-sex marriage in Canada and the USA.” Sexualities. 11(6) (December 2008): 667-687.

Group Politics and Social Movements in Canada. Edited by Miriam Smith. Peterborough, Ont.: Broadview Press, 2008. HM881 .G76 2008

Smith, Miriam. Critical Policy Studies: Contemporary Canadian Approaches. Edited by Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2007.

Grundy, John; Smith, Miriam. “Activist knowledges in queer politics.” Economy and Society. 36(2) (May 2007): 294-317.

Smith, Miriam. “Framing same-sex marriage in Canada and the United States: Goodridge, Halpern and the national boundaries of political discourse.” Social and Legal Studies. 16(1) (March 2007): 5-26



Smith, Miriam. A Civil Society?: Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life / Miriam Smith. Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2005. JL186.5 .S55 2005


Smith, Miriam. “Diversity and identity in the nonprofit sector: lessons from LGBT organizing in Toronto, Canada.” Social Policy and Administration. 39(5) (October 2005): 463-480.

Grundy, John; Smith, Miriam. “The politics of multiscalar citizenship: the case of lesbian and gay organizing in Canada.” Citizenship Studies. 9(4) (September 2005): 389-404.

Smith, Miriam. ” Identités queer: diaspora et organisation ethnoculturelle et transnationale des lesbiennes et des gais à Toronto.” Lien social et Politiques. (Spring 2005). Translated. Journal is embargoed for two years after publication.

Smith, Miriam. “Social movements and judicial empowerment: courts, public policy and lesbian and gay organizing in Canada.” Politics and Society. 33(2) (June 2005): 327-353.

Smith, Miriam. “Resisting and reinforcing neoliberalism: lesbian and gay organizing at the federal and local levels in Canada.” Policy and Politics. 33(1) (January 2005): 75-93. Free pdf version provided by Policy Press.

Smith, Miriam. “Questioning heteronormativity: lesbian and gay challenges to educational practice in British Columbia, Canada.” Social Movement Studies. 3(2) (October 2004): 131-145.

Smith, Miriam. “Segmented networks: linguistic practices in Canadian lesbian and gay rights organizing.” Ethnicities. 4(1) (March 2004): 99-124.

Smith, Miriam. “Recognizing same sex relationships: the evolution of recent federal and provincial policies.” Canadian Public Administration. 45(1) (Spring 2002): 1-23. JL108 .A1C36

Smith, Miriam. “Political activism, litigation and public policy: the Charter revolution and lesbian and gay rights in Canada, 1985-1999.” International Journal of Canadian Studies. 21 (Spring 2000): 81-110. FC1 .I58



Smith, Miriam Catherine. Lesbian and Gay Rights in Canada : Social Movements and Equality-Seeking, 1971-1995 / Miriam Smith. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999. HQ76.8.C3 S64 1999

See review by Claire F. L. Young in Canadian Journal of Women and the Law. 14(1) (2002)
See review by David Churchill in Journal of the History of Sexuality. 10(3/4) (Jul/Oct 2001)
See review by Suzanne Staggenborg in Canadian Journal of Sociology Online. March-April 2000


Smith, Miriam. “Reluctant recognition: the Liberal government and lesbian and gay rights.” p.293-314. In Leslie A. Pal (ed.) How Ottawa Spends, 1998-99: The Post-Deficit Mandate .Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998. HJ7663 .H678

Smith, Miriam. “Nationalisme et politiques des mouvements sociaux : les droits des gais et lesbiennes et l’incidence de la charte canadienne au Québec.” Politique et Sociétés. 17(3) (1998): 113-140. Translated, abstract in English and French.

Smith, Miriam. “Social movements and equality-seeking: the case of gay liberation in Canada,” Canadian Journal of Political Science. 31(2) (June 1998): 285-309.

Constitutional Politics: the Canadian Forum Book on the Federal Constitutional Proposals, 1991-92 / edited by Duncan Cameron and Miriam Smith. Toronto: J. Lorimer, 1992. JL27 .C685 1992


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