Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5419 USA
- Ph.D., History, University of Ottawa, 2011
- M.A., History, University of Saskatchewan, 2005
- B.A., History with high honors, University of Saskatchewan. 2002
Dr. Macfarlane is an associate professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies. He is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of environmental history, political ecology, and historical geography. His research and teaching focus on American and Canadian water, borderlands, energy, hydraulic engineering, climate change, sustainability, and technology issues in the transborder Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin.
Dr. Macfarlane regularly teaches the ENVS introductory course as well as seminars on topics such as Great Lakes Water Policy, the Flint Water Crisis, and US Water Policy. He is the author or co-editor of four books about the remaking of Niagara Falls, the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, North American border waters, and the International Joint Commission. He is currently working on two book projects: one is a co-authored environmental history of Lake Ontario, and the other looks at the history of US-Canada environmental and energy relations. He was also the co-creator of The Geospatial Historian.