Shannon Stunden Bower, PhD

Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept


Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - History, Classics, & Religion Dept
(780) 492-0608
2-76 Tory (H.M.) Building
11211 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H4



I am an environmental historian of Canada. My research focuses on the Canadian Prairies, and addresses questions related to water management (with particular concern for the extremes of flood or drought) and government institutions (whether at national, provincial, or local scales). 


I'm at work on a major project on the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration, an agency of the Canadian federal government that was created in the context of the prairie climate emergency of the 1930s and that remained operational through 2012. 


I'm pleased to work with students interested in Canadian and environmental history, especially on topics pertaining to the prairie west. 


HIST 260 - Pre-Confederation Canada

HIST 261 - Post-Confederation Canada

HIST 460 - Topics in Canadian History

Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.

HIST 609 - Directed Study

This credit/fail course is required for students in the thesis-based M.A. program. Students are introduced to scholarship relevant to their research and supported in developing a research proposal.

HIST 660 - Topics in Canadian History

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Scholarly Activities

Research - Climate and Change website

Climate and Change is a website I curated with historians George Colpitts (University of Calgary) and Bill Waiser (University of Saskatchewan). The goal was to connect textbook-like interpretation of 1930s drought (a key topic in Canadian environmental history) with the affordances of the world wide web, creating a more engaging experience for students and other interested parties. Check out the primary sources -- both oral and film -- that working digitally allowed us to include!

Climate and Change


Irrigation Infrastructure, Technocratic Faith, and Tunnel Vision: Canada's Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration in Ghana, 1965-1970

Author(s): Shannon Stunden Bower
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: Agricultural History
Volume: 93
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 311-340
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Tools for Rational Development: The Canada Land Inventory and the Canada Geographic Information System in Mid-20th Century Canada

Author(s): Shannon Stunden Bower
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Scientia Canadensis
Volume: 40
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 44-75
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The Affordances of MacKinnon Ravine: Fighting Freeways and Pursuing Government Reform in Edmonton, Alberta

Author(s): Shannon Stunden Bower
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Urban History Review
Volume: XLIV
Page Numbers: 59-72
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Wet Prairie: People, Land and Water in Agricultural Manitoba

Author(s): Shannon Stunden Bower
Publication Date: 2011
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