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.
Winter Term 2023
Histories of interactions between non-human nature and diverse cultures, with attention to inequality and environmental change.Winter Term 2023
Prerequisite: *3 in HIST at the 300-level or consent of Department.Fall Term 2022
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.Fall Term 2022
Fall Term 2022
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