Mark S. Harding

Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Phone number: 
519 824 4120 x54880
MCKN 546
Education (doctoral degree): 
PhD, Political Science, University of Calgary

Mark Harding is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Guelph. He also is the Program Chair for Justice and Legal Studies. Professor Harding completed his graduate work in Political Science (MA, PhD) at the University of Calgary.

His research and teaching interests include judicial politics, Canadian politics, bills of rights in Commonwealth countries, political theory, constitutionalism and political institutions. Prior to joining the University of Guelph, he taught at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy in its MPP program. His book, Judicializing Everything? The Clash of Constitutionalisms in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (UTP, 2022) compares the growth of judicial power within Commonwealth states. 

Professor Harding is engaged in two broad research projects. The first concerns how the Supreme Court of Canada defines the role of other political institutions through its jurisprudence. He is also situating Canada within the literature of political and legal constitutionalism.

  • Harding, Mark S., (2022) Judicializing Everything? The Clash of Constitutionalisms in Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom (Toronto: University of Toronto Press).
  • Harding, Mark S., and Dave Snow. (2022). From the Ivory Tower to the Courtroom: Cooperative Federalism in the Supreme Court of Canada, Publius: The Journal of Federalism,
  • Harding, Mark S. (2022). The Political Purposes of the Charter: Four Decades Later in Kate Puddister and Emmett Macfarlane eds. Constitutional Crossroads: Reflections on Charter Rights, Reconciliation, and Change (Vancouver: UBC Press).
  • Snow, Dave, and Mark S. Harding. (2015). From Normative Debates to Comparative Methodology: The Three Waves of Post-Charter Supreme Court Scholarship in Canada, American Review of Canadian Studies, 45.4, 451-466.
  • Harding, Mark S., and Rainer Knopff. (2013). "Charter Values" vs. Charter Dialogue, National Journal of Constitutional Law, 31.2, 161-181.
  • Harding, Mark S., and Rainer Knopff. (2013). Constitutionalizing Everything: The Role of "Charter Values." Review of Constitutional Studies, 18.2, 141-160.