Contingent Maps is a thought-provoking and original collection of essays, a welcome addition to the rich and vibrant field of women's history for both U.S. and western American historians.
—The Journal of American History
Gray and Gullett have produced a thought-provoking book that has ramifications for the future historical writing about women in the American West. Certainly, putting place and social relations at the forefront of analysis enriches narratives and illustrates a broad scope of human interaction in the West
—The Chronicles of Oklahoma
A collection that enhances our understanding of race, gender, and place in the American West, revealing how Western women's history continues to be a vibrant—and vital—field.
—New Mexico Historical Review
A critical addition to the field of Western women's history.
—Historical Society of Southern California
This anthology makes a bold attempt to redirect women's history by incorporating and synthesizing the work of feminist geographers in considering place and space.
—Laurie Mercier, co-author of Speaking History: Oral Histories of the American Past, 1865–Present
This volume seeks to serve as a call to arms for scholars to utilize the theoretical framework of socially defined 'place.' If Western women's historians heed Gray and Gullett's call, it could become a foundational volume in the next generation of Western women's history.
—Cynthia Culver Prescott, author of Gender and Generation on the Far Western Frontier
Will provide historians and geographers new insights into regional identities. Inventively, readers are asked to review these essays with place and region foregrounded to bring out latent content conducive to geographic analysis.
—Journal of Historical Geography