Sheila grew up in Calgary and completed her B.A. (Honours and Co-op) at the University of Calgary in 1992. After finishing her M.A. at the University of Victoria in 1994 and her Ph.D. at York University in 2001, she was appointed the first Post-Doctoral Associate at the Howard Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. She taught American and Canadian history at the University of Winnipeg in 2002-03, and joined the University of Lethbridge in 2003 where she teaches the histories of the American and Canadian Wests, historiography and methodology, and queer feminist theory.
Sheila's primary research fields are the history of the borderlands of the American West, the North American West, and the history of gender, race, and sexuality in North America. She is the author of *The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands* (University of Nebraska Press, 2005), and *Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West* (Harlan Davidson, 2010). She co-edited and contributed an article to the anthology *One Step Over the Line: Toward an Inclusive History of Women in the North American West* (U of A Press, 2008). Her next book, *Both Sides Now: Writing the Borderlands of the North American West* is under contract to Texas A&M Press. She has also published a chapter in *The World of the American West,* and articles in *The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests*, *One West:Two Myths*, *The Journal of American Ethnic History*, *Agricultural History*, *Telling Tales*, and the *Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History*.