I am a historian with interdisciplinary leanings studying Canadian and American environmental, transnational, and STS history. I have several book projects in progress. I recently completed a book on the binational creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, titled Negotiating a River: Canada, the U.S., and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway (due out in February 2014 – see cover below). 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 encompasses envirotech and enviro diplomacy, particularly Canadian-American border waters in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin. 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). Long-terms projects include a survey history of Canadian-American environmental relations and a history of the International Joint Commission (the latter is a collaborative project with Murray Clamen, the former secretary of the Canadian section of the IJC).
I utilize digital humanities, such as GIS mapping. and have co-authored several different print and online efforts showing how historians and other scholars can make use of digital techniques, such as The Geospatial Historian. 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) as well as others (global history, film and history, international relations). I held the 2013 Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies at Michigan State University, and for 2013-14 I am 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.