Christa Scholtz

Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Christa Scholtz
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
christa.scholtz [at]
Ferrier 424

PhD, Princeton University

Research areas: 
Canadian Politics
Areas of interest: 

Indigenous-settler policy and politics, comparative politics, Canadian politics, Canadian and comparative federalism, Canadian constitutionalism

Current research: 


2017-2023 SSHRC, Insight Grant. A Risky Business: Governing Under Uncertainty (with co-applicant Christopher Manfredi)

2009-2014 Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture, Gouvernement du Québec (FQRSC). Etablissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs. Aboriginal Politics and the Charlottetown Constitutional Accord: Diversity and Consensus

Selected publications: 
  • 2023. "COVID-19 Policy Convergence in Response to Knightian Uncertainty." Political Studies Review, vol.21, no.3, pp.111-134 (with Anthony Sayers, Christopher Kam, David Armstrong, and Christopher Alcantara)
  • 2023. "How Cooperative is 'Cooperative Federalism'? The Political Limits to Intergovernmental Cooperation under a de facto Concurrency Rule." Constitutional Political Economy, vol.34, pp.111-134 (with Andrei Munteanu)
  • 2020. "Treaty Failure or Treaty Constitutionalism?: The Problematic Validity of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement.” University of Toronto Law Journal, vol.70, no.3 (Summer), pp.306-340
  • 2019. "Transgressing the Division of Powers: The Case of the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement”. Canadian Journal of Law and Society, vol.34. no.3, pp.393-415 (with Maryna Polataiko)
    • Honourable Mention, 2020 Best Article Prize, Canadian Law and Society Association
  • 2019. “Reconciliation with a Question Mark: Three Moments”, in Policy Transformation in Canada: Is Past Prologue?. Edited by Peter John Loewen, Carolyn Hughes Tuohy, Sophie Borwein, Andrew Potter. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
  • 2018. "The architectural metaphor and the decline of political conventions in the Supreme Court of Canada’s Senate Reform reference”. University of Toronto Law Journal, vol.68, no.4 (Fall), pp.661-693
  • 2016. "Part II and Part V: Aboriginal Peoples and Constitutional Amendment", in Emmett Macfarlane (ed.), Constitutional Amendment in Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press
  • 2013. “First Nations Public Administration”, in Charles Conteh and Ian Roberge (eds.). Canadian Public Administration in the 21st Century. New York: CRC Press (Taylor and Francis Group)
  • 2013. “Federalism and Policy Change: An Analytic Narrative of Indigenous Land Rights Policy in Australia (1966-1978)”. Canadian Journal of Political Science 46 (2): 397-418
    • Shortlisted for the 2014 John McMenemy Prize, awarded annually by the Canadian Political Science Association for the best article published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science
  • 2010. “Land claim negotiations and indigenous claimant legibility in Canada and New Zealand”. Political Science 62 (1): 37-61
  • 2009. “The Influence of Judicial Uncertainty on Executive Support for Negotiation in Canadian Land Claims Policy”. Canadian Journal of Political Science 42 (2): 417-442
  • 2006. Negotiating Claims: The Emergence of Indigenous Land Claim Negotiation Policies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. New York: Routledge

Courses Taught:

POLI 222 Canadian Political Processes and Behaviour

POLI 371 Canadian Federalism

POLI 372 Indigenous Politics and Policy in Canada

POLI 436 Aboriginal and Treaty Rights in the Canadian Constitution (s.35)

POLI 621 Interpreting the Canadian Political Process (Canadian Politics graduate field seminar)

POLI 631 Comparative Federalism

Associate Professor
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