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My first book, The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands, was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2005.  It is available in Canada through the University of Alberta Press.  I co-edited One Step Over the Line: Toward an Inclusive History of Women in the North American West with Elizabeth Jameson.  It was published in 2008 by the University of Alberta Press/Athabasca University Press.  My textbook, Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West, was published by Harlan Davidson in 2011 and is now only available through Amazon.   My newest work, Both Sides Now: Writing the Edges of the North American West, was published by Texas A&M Press in 2022.  The Border Studies Research group at the University of Lethbridge is co-editing Challenging Borders: Contingencies and Consequences (forthcoming from Athabasca University Press in 2024), and a special issue of Studies in Social Justice.

Recent articles

“The Pg. 99 Test: Sheila McManus’ Both Sides Now.”


“Teaching ‘A Qin Legal Document: Memorial on the Burning of Books’,” in “100 Objects for Teaching Social Studies and History,” edited by Chad Reid.  Detours: Social Science Education Research Journal Vol 2, #1 (2021).


“Go Beyond the Research Essay with Engaging, Effective History Assignments.”  Journal of American History March 2021: 963-967.


“Gunless as Settler-Colonial Borderlands Fantasy.”  In Cinematic Settlers: The Settler Colonial World in Film, edited by Janne Lahti and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower.  New York and London: Routledge, 2020: 65-76.

“Assignment: Describe and Defend.”  In The Academic’s Handbook, Fourth Edition.  Edited by Lori A, Flores and Jocelyn H. Olcott.  Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2020. 178-179.


2023 October.  Discussed Both Sides Now on the New Books Network's American West podcast.

2021 April.  “Border Boo-Boos.”  Episode 7, History’s Greatest Screw-ups. 

Recent papers and presentations

2023 November.  “Borders are Stupid.”  Public Professor Talk.


2023 February.  “Finding the Borderlands in the Archives,” talk presented at the Galt Museum.  

2023 May.  I organized one roundtable on the ReSet project and participated in another panel, “How to be compassionate without burning out,” for the SPARK Conference, University of Lethbridge.


2023 March.  “Historicizing North America’s Border Regimes,” paper presented at the “Bordering Migration: Theoretical Debates and Recent Developments in Border Policies and Practice,” conference, Toronto Metropolitan University.  


2023 February.  “Finding the Borderlands in the Archives,” talk presented at the Galt Museum. 

2022 October.  “From Friday the 13th of March, 2020, to a Manifesto on Excellence in Teaching: How Did We Get Here From There?”  Co-presented with Dr Harold Jansen at the Educational Developers’ Network of Alberta’s Fall Meeting, hosted at the U of L.

2022 October. “Who is ‘us’?  Who is ‘them’?  Challenging the lies borders tell.”  Presented at the Turning Point Foundation seminar in honor of Nigeria’s 62’nd National Day Anniversary. 

2021 October.  “The Instructional Skills Workshop for Graduate Students,” part of the “Beyond the Dissertation: Training Graduate Students for Teaching” roundtable at the Western History Association’s online Pre-Conference.

2021 May.  Co-organized and chaired a roundtable on “Indigenizing classrooms,” for the Teaching History conference.

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