Peggy Schmeiser

Adjunct Professor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy
PhD (University of Ottawa)


Dr. Peggy Schmeiser is an Assistant Professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. Having a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Ottawa, she has published and lectured domestically and internationally on issues relating to religion, public policy, law and equality. Prior to her return to academia, she worked for many years in the federal public service across a range of ministries and agencies including Canadian Heritage, Status of Women Canada and by special appointment to the Culture Sector at UNESCO in Paris. She is currently completing a book entitled “Religion and Public Policy in Canada: A Critical Approach,” for the University of Toronto Press that will address concepts of freedom of religion in relation to health, Indigenous rights, public services and equality. Having a B.Sc., Schmeiser is also investigating new approaches to multidisciplinary collaboration and the roles of religion and science in evidence-based decision-making.