Scott is an Associate Professor in the History Department at UFV. His specialties are in History are Canadian, Settler-Indigenous relations, military, race and New Zealand. Scott currently has two research projects underway. The first is the culmination of almost two decades of research and publication on the subject of Indigenous people and the Second World War. He is currently working on two monographs arising from this project in collaboration with Dr. Whitney Lackenbauer. The first is a major comparative study of Indigenous people's participation in, and experience of, the Second World War in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
The second research program he is interested has just begun to gain momentum over the last two years, and is focussed on the experience of the Second World War in British Columbia. This program offers many opportunities for student involvement, either working in the materials he collects on their own research projects, or working as research assistants with Scott. His most recent publications include:
"The Red Man's On the Warpath": The Image of the 'Indian' and the Second World War. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press, 2004.
Aboriginal Peoples in the Canadian Military. Ottawa: Department of National Defence, 2010. (P. Whitney Lackenbauer and R. Scott Sheffield, with John Moses and Maxime Gohier) 176 pp.
Canada's Veterans' Charter and Métis Veterans of the Second World War and Korea. Winnipeg: Métis National Council, 2012, 61 pages.