Janet Hiebert was appointed Head of the Department of Political Studies in July, 2009.
Hiebert has been teaching in the Department of Political Studies since 1991, having received a B.A. (Hons) from UBC in 1985 and M.A. (1986) and Ph.D. (1991) from Toronto. She is author of Charter Conflicts: What is Parliament's Role? (2002) and Limiting Rights: The Dilemma of Judicial Review (1996), editor of Political Ethics (1991), co-editor of The Court and the Constitution: Leading Cases (2008), and has written numerous papers and chapters on the politics of rights and on campaign finance laws in Canada. She has received four SSHRC standard research grants (1998, 2002, 2005, 2009), a Chancellor's Research Award (1999) and the Bora Laskin National Fellowship in Human Rights (2008). In 2002she was appointed to the Ontario Electoral Boundaries Commission, an independent body to determine Ontario's provincial and federal electoral boundaries. Her current research project examines how the recent adoption of bill of rights affects policy development and legislative behaviour in Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia.