• Perry-Adele
  • Distinguished Professor;
    Director, Centre for Human Rights Research

    Faculty of Arts
    Department of History,
    Women's and Gender Studies
    228 St. John's College
    92 Dysart Road
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2M5

    Phone: 204-474-8107

    Preferred pronouns: she/her

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Currently accepting graduate students - yes

  • Master's
  • PhD
  • Post-doctoral 


Adele Perry is a settler historian who grew up in British Columbia and has worked at the University of Manitoba since 2000. She works on histories of colonialism in northwestern North America in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and is committed to the transformative work of feminist and decolonizing scholarship.


  • PhD (History), York University, 1998.
  • MA (History), York University, 1992
  • BA (History and Women's Studies), Simon Fraser University, 1991


Research interests

  • Colonialism
  • Canada
  • Gender
  • Water

Selected publications

  • 2022: Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, Structures d'indifférence: Vie et Mort D’un Autochtone Dane Une Ville Canadienne, translated by Geneviève Deschamps, (Quebec, Laval University Press, 2022), 140 pp.
  • 2021: Constance Backhouse, Cynthia Milton, Margaret Kovach and Adele Perry, eds., Royally Wronged: The Royal Society of Canada and Indigenous People (Montreal, McGill-Queen’s University Press) 384 pp.
  • 2018: Mary Jane Logan McCallum and Adele Perry, Structures of Indifference: An Indigenous Life and Death in a Canadian City, University of Manitoba Press, 192 pp. Audiobook version, Wesley French, Narrator: 2021.
  • 2016: Aqueduct: Colonialism, Resources, and the Histories We Remember (Winnipeg, ARP Publishers).
  • 2016: Lara Campbell, Tamara Myers and Adele Perry, eds., Rethinking Canada: The Promise of Women`s History, 7th edition (Toronto: Oxford University Press) 496pp.
  • 2015: Karen Dubinsky, Adele Perry and Henry Yu, eds., Within and Without the Nation: Canadian History as Transnational History (Toronto, University of Toronto Press) 384 pp.
  • 2015: Adele Perry, Colonial Relations: the Connolly-Douglas Family and the Nineteenth-Century Imperial World (London, Cambridge University Press), "Critical Perspectives on Empire” series, 310pp.
  • 2013: Esyllt Jones, Leah Morton and Adele Perry, eds., Place and Replace: Essays on Western Canada (Winnipeg, University of Manitoba Press) 420 pp.
  • 2001: Adele Perry, On the Edge of Empire: Gender, Race, and the Making of British Columbia, 1849- 1871 (Toronto, University of Toronto Press) 320pp. Reprinted 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2011.


  • 2020 -  Manitoba Day Award for Exhibition/Project, Association for Manitoba Archives, with HIST 3442 class for group blog
  • 2019 - Aboriginal History Best Book Prize, Canadian Historical Association, for Structures of Indifference,  first author Mary Jane Logan McCallum
  • 2019 - Alexander Kennedy Isbister Award for Non-Fiction, Manitoba Book Awards, for Structuresof Indifference, first author Mary Jane Logan McCallum
  • 2018 - Outstanding Professor, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba
  • 2017 - Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Arts and Humanities
  • 2014 - Hilda Neatby Award for the Best Article in Canadian Women’s History, Canadian Historical Association for “James Douglas, Amelia Connolly, and the Writing of Gender and Women’s History,” in Catherine Carstairs and Nancy Janovecik, eds., Feminist History (2013)
  • 2002 - Canadian Historical Association Clio Award for the best book published in British Columbia History and co-winner of AHA-Pacific Coast Branch Book Award for the outstanding first monograph on any historical subject for On the Edge of Empire (2001)

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