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 assistant professor of freshwater policy in Environmental and Sustainability Studies. He is an environmental historian who specializes in interdisciplinary freshwater environmental policy and sustainability issues, particularly the transnational aspects of Canadian-American border waters and environmental relations in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin.
His research explores cultural views of nature and water, political ecology and the transborder spread of ideas concerning hydraulic engineering, hydroelectricity and technology. His work makes connections among local, regional, state/provincial and federal levels, but equally links to international policies, politics and diplomacy. Macfarlane holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Ottawa, and has held Fulbright, Banting and SSHRC fellowships.
He is the author of a book on the creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, is co-editing a book on US-Canadian water relations and is engaged in book manuscript projects on Niagara Falls, Great Lakes water levels and the International Joint Commission.
He is co-author and co-editor of The Geospatial Historian with Jim Clifford and Josh MacFadyen.