Campus Directory: Sheila McManus

University of Lethbridge

Sheila McManus
History and Religion Department
Phone: (403) 329-2540


Ph.D. (History)


Borderlands of the United States West, History of the North American West, History of gender, race, and sexuality in North America


I grew up in Calgary and completed my B.A. (Honours and Co-op) at the U of C in 1992. After finishing my M.A. at UVic in 1994 and Ph.D. at York University in 2001, I was appointed the first Post-Doctoral Associate at the Howard Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders at Yale University. I taught American and Canadian history at the University of Winnipeg in 2002-03, and joined the University of Lethbridge in 2003. I teach courses in World History, historiography and methodology, and the histories of the American and Canadian Wests. In 2018 I was awarded the U of L's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Research Interests

My primary research fields are the history of the borderlands of the North American West, and teaching and learning in higher education. My publications include *The Line Which Separates: Race, Gender and the Making of the Alberta-Montana Borderlands* (University of Nebraska Press, 2005); *One Step Over the Line: Toward an Inclusive History of Women in the North American West* (U of A Press, 2008), co-edited with Elizabeth Jameson; and *Choices and Chances: A History of Women in the U.S. West* (Wiley, 2010). My next book, *Both Sides Now: Writing the Borderlands of the North American West* is under contract to Texas A&M Press. I have also published chapters and articles in *The Routledge History of the 20th Century United States*; *The World of the American West*; *The Borderlands of the American and Canadian Wests* and *One West:Two Myths*; *Telling Tales*; *The Journal of American Ethnic History*; *Agricultural History*, and the *Encyclopedia of American Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History*.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Both Sides Now: Writing the Borderlands of the American West. Under contract to Texas A&M University Press.
"Gunless as Settler-Colonial Borderlands Fantasy." In Settler Colonialism on Film. Janne Lahti, ed.
The Instructional Skills Workshop: Improving Teaching, Building Community

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