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Bucknell University
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environmental history, Canadian Studies, North American history, North Atlantic history
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About Me

I am interested in environmental history and how it applies to public life and humanities education. Before moving to Pennsylvania, I taught at Dalhousie University as well as the University of Alberta, McGill University, and Aarhus University. My courses range widely across North American history, Canadian Studies, and Environment and Sustainability.

My work also ranges from place biography to proposing new environmental narratives for historic sites. I am particularly interested now in the role of the humanities in sustainability education, and historical inspirations for post-industrial society. My new project, “Islands of Canada: Canada as a coastal nation,” explores the environmental history and political significance of Canada’s Atlantic coastlines. A second project, “Cities by the Sea,” looks at how urban communities such as Halifax, Nova Scotia can exist sustainably along the seaboard. I am active online as an editor for NiCHE: The Network in Canadian History & Environment.

Recent Publications

With Edward MacDonald and Brian Payne, The Greater Gulf: Essays on the Environmental History of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (McGill-Queen’s University Press, under contract. Submitted 2018).

Nature, Place, and Story: Rethinking Historic Sites in Canada (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Rural, Wildland, and Resource Studies Series.

“Idyll and Industry: Rethinking the Environmental History of Grand Pré, Nova Scotia,” in The Political and Environmental Economy of Heritage in Atlantic Canada, special issue of the London Journal of Canadian Studies, eds. Edward MacDonald, John Reid, and Robert Summerby-Murray, 31 (2016) 1-18.

“Epilogue: Lessons of Time, Place, and an Island,” Time and a Place: An Environmental History of Prince Edward Island, eds. Edward MacDonald, Joshua MacFadyen, and Irene Novacezk (Island Studies Press/McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) 288-299.

With Robert Summerby-Murray, Land and Sea: Environmental History in Atlantic Canada (Acadiensis Press, 2013). Co-editor and introduction.

“Privileges and Entanglements: Lessons from History for Nova Scotia’s Politics of Energy,” Acadiensis 42:2 (2013) 114-137.

“Toronto, Old Ontario, and the near north: Landscapes of the Group of Seven,” Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region, eds. Anders Sandberg et al (Hamilton, ON: L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian Studies, 2013) 338-356.

With Susan Tirone and Karen Gallant, “Canada’s First College of Sustainability: Teaching about Social and Environmental Justice,” Just Leisure: Things that We Believe In, eds. Daniel Dustin and Keri Schwab (Urbana, IL: Sagamore Publishing, 2013) 126-134.

A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 (University of Calgary Press, 2011).

Shaped by the West Wind: Nature and History in Georgian Bay (University of British Columbia Press, 2004). The first monograph in the Nature/History/Society Series.

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
Atlantic, North America, Scandinavia
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Modern, 20th century, 21st century
Expertise by Topic
Environment, Public History