Annie Gilbert Coleman

A G Coleman

Associate Professor

Ph.D., University of Colorado

B.A., Williams College

1045 Flanner Hall

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (574) 631-0389
Fax: (574) 631-4399


Annie Gilbert Coleman is a 20th century American historian, whose work combines cultural studies, social history, and landscape studies with environmental history.  She is interested in the intersection between consumer culture and nature, especially in the American West.  She is author of Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies (2004), which explains how the ski industry transformed Colorado resort towns and their people in powerful and strange ways. Currently she is working on a cultural history of professional outdoor guides to be published by Oxford University Press.


  • AMST 30192 - Sports and American Culture 
  • AMST 30174 - American Wilderness
  • AMST 30185 - Making the American West
  • AMST 43149 - American Place & Space


  • Take Me to the River: Outdoor Guides and Wilderness Tourism (in progress)
  • Ski Style: Sport and Culture in the Rockies, University Press of Kansas (2004)

Articles and Chapters

  • "River Rats in the Archvie: Nature, Texts, and a Moving History of the Colorado," in Rendering Nature: Animals, Bodies, Places, Politics, edited by Marguerite S. Shaffer and Phoebe S. K. Young (Unviersity of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

  • “Rise of the House of Leisure: Outdoor Guides, Practical Knowledge, and Industrialization,” Western Historical Quarterly, 42, 4 (2011)

  • “Making Time and Place at the Indy 500,” Environmental History, 16, 2 (2011):323-335.

  • “From Snow Bunnies to Shred Betties: Gender, Consumption, and the Skiing Landscape” in Seeing Nature Through Gender, edited by Virginia Scharff, University Press of Kansas (2003)

  • "Call of the Mild: Colorado Ski Resorts and the Politics of Rural Tourism," in The Countryside in the Age of the Modern State: Political Histories of Rural America, edited by Catherine McNicol Stock and Robert D. Johnston, Cornell University Press (2001)

  • "'A Hell of a Time all the Time': Farmers, Ranchers, and the Roaring Fork Valley During 'The Quiet Years.'" Montana The Magazine of Western History, 47 (1997): 32-45.

  • "The Unbearable Whiteness of Skiing," Pacific Historical Review, LXV (November, 1996): 583-614. [2002 Reprinted in Sports Matters: Race, Recreation, and Culture, edited by John Bloom and Michael Willard (New York University Press).


  • North American Society for Sport History, Book Award. Ski Style was one of two books selected for honorable mention (2004)

  • IUPUI School of Liberal Arts Trustee Teaching Award (2003)

  • W. Turrentine Jackson Prize, for the most outstanding essay submitted to the Pacific Historical Review by a graduate student (1996)

  • Merrill G. Burlingame-K. Ross Toole Award, for the best graduate student article submitted to Montana: The Magazine of Western History (1995)





“Like a good ski run, Ski Style offers sensory pleasure and variety of terrain. Filled with insights, Coleman’s book should appeal to ski bums and snow bunnies, and to historians of sport, tourism, the west, race, and gender.”--Bernard Mergen, author of Snow in America
“A perceptive examination of skiing’s influence on American culture and of culture on the sport.”--John Fry, President, International Skiing History Association
“An original and important book presented with both skill and flare.”--Peggy Shaffer, author of See America First
“Essential reading.”--E. John B. Allen, author of From Skisport to Skiing