Mélanie Méthot, PhD University of Calgary, MA Université de Moncton, BA McGill University, DEC CEGEP de Ste-Foy

Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences


Professor, Augustana - Social Sciences
(780) 679-1518
FL-2-336 AG10 Faith & Life Centre
4901-46 Ave
Camrose AB
T4V 2R3



Courses taught:

AUIDS100: The World in Progress: Inquiry in the Social Sciences

AUHIS190: Research Skills and Tools

AUHIS260: History of Canada: Pre-Confederation

AUHIS 261: History of Canada: Post-Confederation

AUHIS271: Canadian Women's History

AUHIS366: History of the Canadian West

AUHIS372: Quebec History

AUHIS460: Women and Law

AUHIS467: Collaborative Research Seminar in Canadian Criminal Law

AUHIS480: Historiography


I have published on the turn of the 20th century social reform movements in Montreal and Winnipeg. My new research lies within the scope of legal history. I am completing a monograph on the bigamy case of Julie Morin tentatively titled: "Bigame malgré elle: Julie Russell perd son héritage." I am also working on a project dealing with the administration of justice in Alberta in the first part of the twentieth century, specifically looking at how police magistrates dispensed justice.

I have received a SSHRC grant in 2020 for my research project: Marrying too Much: Bigamy in Australia.

I also have an interest in the scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 

Here are selected publications:

Lyndsay Campbell, Ted McCoy and Mélanie Méthot: Canada's Legal Pasts: Looking Forward, Looking Back.  https://press.ucalgary.ca/books/9781773851167/

Mélanie Méthot. 2019. “Female Bigamists: Their Particular Position in the Canadian Courts

and Media.” Women’s History Review, 28 (4) 532-551. DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2018.1471786

Mélanie Méthot. “Finding the Ordinary in the Extraordinary: Marriage Norms and Bigamy in Canada” in J. Moses, ed., Marriage, Law and Modernity: Global Histories (London: Bloomsbury, 2017). 

Mélanie Méthot. “The Fort Saskatchewan Prison Ledger 1914-1919: Portraits of Vagrants”

 Prairie Forum, 39.1, 2016, p.27-43.

Mélanie Méthot. “Le mariage, c’est l’affaire de l’Église : pouvoir d’État et bigamie”

Canadian Journal of Law and Society, 31.2, 2016, p.1-21.

Mélanie Méthot. “Revoir Emily Murphy: Première magistrate de police de tout l’Empire

britannique” Journal of Canadian Studies, 50.1, Winter 2016, p.150-178

Mélanie Méthot. “Bigamy in the Northern Alberta Judicial District, 1880-1969. A Socially

 Constructed Crime that Failed to Impose Gender Barriers.” Journal of Family History, Vol. 31 No.3, July 2006, p.257-266.

Mélanie Méthot. "H.B. Ames, Political Reformer and Enforcer", Urban History Review, Vol.31, No.2, Spring 2003, p. 19‑31.


ACURIT: Augustana Conference on Undergraduate Research and Innovative Teaching, date TBA. See link for last one: https://www.ualberta.ca/augustana/research/acurit


AUHIS 271 - The History of Women in Canadian Society

History of Canadian women from the seventeenth century to the present, looking at how Canadian women were affected by, and how they contributed to, changes in Canadian society.

Fall Term 2021
AUIDS 100 - The World in Progress: Inquiry in the Social Sciences

This course introduces students to inquiry in the social sciences, while enabling them to develop their core academic skills. This course is not an in-depth introduction to the various disciplinary fields within the social sciences, but rather a transdisciplinary introduction to the social sciences as a whole within the context of the liberal arts.

Fall Term 2021 Winter Term 2022
AUIDS 101 - Topics in Liberal Studies

Selected topics that highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the Liberal Arts and Sciences. This seminar-style class is a key aspect of the Augustana First Year Experience. The focus and content of each course are determined by faculty interests, and vary from year to year.

Fall Term 2021

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Female bigamists: their particular position in the Canadian courts and media
Author(s): Mélanie Méthot
Publication: Women's History Review
External Link: https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/4qSjPcBUPc7pJDSQAss4/full?target=10.1080/09612025.2018.1471786