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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 available through Wiley.  My current book project, Both Sides Now: Towards a Comparative Borderlands Methodology, is under contract to Texas A&M Press. 

Books
Recent publications
 

"Border/lands."  In The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States.  Jerald Podair and Darren Dochuk, eds.  Routledge, 2018: 292-301.

 

“The Borderlands of the US West.” In The World of the American West.  Edited by Gordon Bakken.  New York: Routledge, 2010:  201-233.

Recent conference papers

25 April 2019.  “’Indigenization’? ‘Decolonization’?  What can I do in MY Classroom?”  I organized and spoke during this roundtable, organized for the SPARK 2019 Teaching Symposium, University of Lethbridge.  

 

20 April 2019.  “Both Sides Now: Comparing Continental and Global Borderlands.”  Paper presented at the First Biennial Symposium of the Global Borderlands and Borderlands History Program, Texas A&M.  

 

20 October, 2018.  “Two Shades of Beige?  Race and Ethnicity in the Under-Analyzed Canada-US Borderlands”.  Paper presented as part of the panel “Blurring The Edges: Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in North America's Western Borderlands.”  I also organized and chaired this panel.  Western History Association annual conference, San Antonio TX.

 

19 October 2018.  “Some things that Glitter are Indeed Gold: Celebrating the Career of Elizabeth Jameson.”  Western History Association annual conference, San Antonio TX.

3 May 2017.  "The Chinese Peasant Rebellion: The Risks and Rewards of Maximizing Student Agency in a First-Year History Class."  Paper presented at the UBC Okanagan 13th Annual Learning Conference, Kelowna, British Columbia.

22 October 2016.  Commentator, "Racial Challenges along the Canada-U.S. Borders in the Nineteenth Century" panel.  Western History Association, St. Paul, Minnesota.

28 May 2016.  “From Rashomon and the Muppets to Video Games and A Beer Commercial: Making the History Lab Fun.”  Paper presented as part of a panel I organized on Innovative Teaching Techniques for the “Historians Teaching History” Conference, Mount Royal University, Calgary Alberta.

Recent presentations

28 September 2017.  “You Can’t Make This Up.”  Talk on local history, based on historian Belinda Crowson’s book of the same name, to the annual Community Foundation banquet.

 

21 March 2016.  “Obscenity and Ethics?  The Unexpected Challenges of Writing a Comparative Historiography
of North American Borderlands.”  Presented to the University of Calgary Department of History Colloquium Series.

 

8 February 2016.  “The Lines that Separate: The Long History of Borders and Exclusion.”  Part of the 2016 Cade
Community Lectures Series “Home is Where the Heart is Divided: Exploring Connections between Identity and Place.”