Shannon Stunden Bower, PhD

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

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


Area of Study / Keywords

Environmental History Agricultural History Water Management Prairie West Northern Great Plains Canadian History


I am an environmental historian of northern North America, with particular attention to what is now commonly known as Canada. My research focuses on the Prairies/northern Great Plains, 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). 


Currently, I'm researching post-1945 irrigation in Saskatchewan and Alberta. 


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

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

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