I am a historian with interdisciplinary leanings studying Canadian and American environmental and transnational history. I have three book projects in progress. I am close to completing a book on the binational creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, due out in 2014. I am also co-editing a book on the history of Canadian-American water relations, and have started a new book project on the transnational history of landscape, engineering, and hydro-electricity at Niagara Falls. Thus, my research generally focuses on what one might called Canadian-American environmental diplomacy, particularly border waters. I’ve also been working on the history of Great Lakes water levels, including diversions and scientific conceptions of natural causes (e.g. earth tilt, climate change), Robert Moses as the head of the New York Power Authority, and General A.G.L. McNaughton. Long-terms projects include survey a history of Canadian-American environmental diplomacy and a history of the International Joint Commission.
I utilize digital humanities, such as GIS mapping. I have a variety of teaching interests that mirror my research subjects (e.g. environment, water, technology, Cold War, Canadian and American history and relations, borderlands, etc.) as well as others (global history, film and history, international relations, etc.) I recently finished a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Michigan State University (2012-13), and in the upcoming year will be a Visiting Scholar in the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University. I also have a photography and film background, some of which you can see on this site.