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Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter, Ph.D., is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair in the Department of History and Classics, and the Faculty of Native Studies. She is also Adjunct Professor with Athabasca University. Her research focuses on the history of Western Canada and on the critical era that began in the late nineteenth century when Aboriginal people were dispossessed and a new population established. Her work has touched on many aspects of this history, including the place of Aboriginal people in the new agricultural economy (Lost Harvests: Prairie Indian Reserve Farmers and Government Policy) and the creation of race and gender categories and hierarchies in the key decade of the 1880s (Capturing Women: The Manipulation of Cultural Imagery in Canada's Prairie West). Her work stresses the interconnected lives of Aboriginal people and the early non-Aboriginal settlers. She has recently completed The importance of Being Monogamous: Marriage and Nation building in Canada to 1915, which examines the efforts of government, legal and religious authorities to impose a monogamous, Christian model of marriage on the diverse population of Western Canada including Mormons and Aboriginal people. Her most recent co-edited book, (with Pat Roome, Lesley Erickson and Char Smith), Unsettled Pasts: Reconceiving the West Through Women's History, includes a chapter from this study. She has written an introduction to a new edition of Georgina Binnie-Clark's 1914 Wheat and Woman, published along with Susan Jackel's 1979 introduction (University of Toronto Press, 2006). Her present project is a borderlands and comparative Canada-U.S. history of women of the northern Great Plains with particular focus on land distribution policies and on the meanings, opportunities and constraints of the forty-ninth parallel.

Email: sarah.carter@ualberta.ca

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