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DANIEL MACFARLANE, Ph.D. 

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Citizenship: Canadian

daniel.macfarlane@wmich.edu

https://danielmacfarlane.wordpress.com

 

Current Academic Position

Assistant Professor of Environment and Sustainability (Freshwater Policy), Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), 2014-Present.

 

Selected Previous Academic Positions

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Great Lakes Research Center, Michigan Technological University (Houghton, MI), April 2014-August 2014.

Project: Great Lakes Water Levels: A Transnational Environmental and Technological History. Supervisor: Nancy Langston

 

Visiting Scholar, School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), August 2013-July 2014.

 

Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Canadian Studies, Canadian Studies Center, Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI), January-May 2013.

 

SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of History, Carleton University (Ottawa, ON), January 2011-December 2012.

Project: Rapid Changes: Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, 1954-1959. Supervisor: Norman Hillmer

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Post-Confederation Canadian History, University of Ottawa, 2007-2011 (Dissertation defended December 2010).

Dissertation: “To the Heart of the Continent: Canada and the Negotiation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, 1921-1954.” Supervisor: Serge Durflinger

Examiners: Galen Perras, Jeff Keshen, Eda Kranakis, H.V. Nelles

Comprehensive Fields: Post-Confederation Canada; 20th Century American Foreign Policy; Modern Germany

 

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Modern History, University of Saskatchewan, 2002-2005 (Thesis defended December 2004).

Thesis: “Projecting Hitler: Representations of Adolf Hitler in English-language Film, 1968-1990.” Supervisor: Brett Fairbairn

 

Bachelor of Arts, High Honours (B.A. Hons) (Major: History; Minor: Political Studies), University of Saskatchewan, 1998-2002.

 

Research & Teaching Interests

Geographic & Temporal: Canada; United States; North America; Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin; 20th Century World; Cold War

 

Thematic: Environmental History and Policy; Water Studies and Policy; Political and International History; Canada-US Relations; North American Foreign Relations; Borderlands and Transnationalism; Nationalism and Identity; History of Technology; Envirotech; Political Ecology; Digital Methods/Humanities; GIS; Hydroelectricity; Energy History and Policy; Sustainability; Mobility and Transportation; Landscape Studies.

 

Major Research Awards

Champlain Society’s Floyd S. Chalmers Award for Ontario History (2015)

Government of Canada, Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2014)

Fulbright Scholars Program, Visiting Research Chair (2012-13)

Government of Canada, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (2011-2012)

Government of Canada, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)

Government of Ontario, Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009; 2009-2010 [declined])

University of Ottawa, Doctoral Entrance Scholarship (2007-2008)

Government of Canada, SSHRC Master’s Scholarship (2003-2004)

 

Scholarships, Grants, and Awards

SSHRC Connection Grant (co-applicant) (2017)

Western Michigan University Support for Faculty Scholars Award (2016)

Lee Honors College (WMU) Distinguished Service Award (2016)

Western Michigan University (College of Arts and Science) Discovery and Dissemination Award (2014)

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) travel grant (2013)

Canadian Historical Association travel grant (2013)

Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society (LMU München) travel grant (2013)

Award to Scholarly Publishing Program (ASPP), Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (2013-14)

First Time Author Grant, UBC Press (2013)

NiCHE edited collection grant (with Lynne Heasley) (2012)

Eisenhower Archives travel grant (2011)

University of Ottawa, Dean’s Scholarship (2011)

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) conference travel grant (2010)

University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate Studies conference travel grant (2009; 2010)

University of Ottawa Faculty of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies research travel grant (2009)

University of Ottawa, Excellence Scholarship (2008-2011)

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Students Association Bursary (2004)

University of Saskatchewan Graduate Teaching Fellowship (2002-2003)

University of Saskatchewan Douglas and Merle Bocking Award (2003)

 

Referred Publications (published or forthcoming)

Books

Author, Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press (Nature|History|Society series), 2014.

*Winner of Champlain Society’s 2015 Floyd S. Chalmers Prize for Ontario History

The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project is one of the largest borderlands megaprojects in global history. It had a profound impact on both the nature of the St. Lawrence River and the nature of the Canadian-American relationship. This provocative synthesis of environmental and transnational history charts the half-century of Canadian-American environmental diplomacy, including the failed all-Canadian seaway, that led to the 1954-59 transnational construction of the deep canal and hydroelectric system. The engineering of the iconic river and the flooding of the “Lost Villages” are covered in detail, revealing not only the environmental impact but the intertwined conceptions of national identity, technology, and nature in Cold War North America.

 

Co-editor with Lynne Heasley, Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship. Calgary: Calgary: University of Calgary Press-NiCHE Environmental History Series, 2016.

Covering all sides of the continent, this book situates and explores Canadian-U.S. border waters as a central issue shaping the bilateral relationship over the past century. Each chapter serves as a case study, collectively analyzing the complex ecological, political, economic, and socio-cultural dynamics that have unfolded in bi-national contexts, while foregrounding the collective importance of these cases in the evolution of environmentalism, political ecology, law, and ecological management in each country.

 

Book Chapters

Co-author with Noah Hall, “Transborder Water Management and Governance in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin,” in Stephen Brooks and Andrea Olive, eds., Transboundary Environmental Governance Across the World’s Longest Border, Michigan State University Press (forthcoming).

 

Author, “Negotiated High Modernism: Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project,” in Edward Jones-Imhotep and Tina Adcock, eds., Science, Technology, and the Modern in Canada: An Anthology in Honour of Richard Jarrell, University of British Columbia Press (forthcoming 2017).

 

Co-author with Norman Hillmer and Michael Manulak, “The Pearson Government and Canadian Environmental Diplomacy,” in Asa McKercher and Galen Roger Perras, eds., Pearson and the World: Lester Pearson, Pearsonianism, and Canadian Foreign Policy. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press (forthcoming 2017).

 

Author, “Fluid Relations: Hydro Developments, the International Joint Commission, and Canada-U.S. Border Waters,” in Peter Stoett and Owen Temby, eds., Towards Continental Environmental Policy? North American Transnational Environmental Networks and Governance, SUNY Press, 2017.

 

Author, “Dam the Consequences: Hydropolitics, Nationalism, and the Niagara-St. Lawrence Projects” & “Bordering on Significance?” in Lynne Heasley and Daniel Macfarlane, eds., Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship. Calgary: NiCHE-University of Calgary Press Environmental History Series, 2016.

 

Co-author with Lynne Heasley, “Negotiating Abundance and Scarcity: Introduction to a Fluid Border,” Introduction for Lynne Heasley and Daniel Macfarlane, eds., Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship. Calgary: NiCHE-University of Calgary Press Environmental History Series, 2016.

 

Author, “Creating the Seaway: Mobility and a Modern Megaproject,” in Ben Bradley, Jay Young, and Colin Coates, eds., Moving Natures: Environments and Mobility in Canadian History. Calgary: NiCHE-University of Calgary Press Environmental History Series, 2016.

 

Co-author with Colleen Beard and Jim Clifford, “Mapping the Welland Canals and the St. Lawrence Seaway with Google Earth,” in Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin, eds., Historical GIS in Canada. Calgary: NiCHE-University of Calgary Press Environmental History Series, 2014.

 

Author, “Creating a Cataract: The Transnational Manipulation of Niagara Falls to the 1950s,” in Colin Coates, Stephen Bocking, Ken Cruikshank, and Anders Sandberg, eds., Urban Explorations: Environmental Histories of the Toronto Region. Hamilton, ON: L.R. Wilson Institute for Canadian Studies-McMaster University, 2013.

 

Articles

Co-author with Peter Kitay, “Hydraulic Imperialism: Hydroelectric Development and Treaty 9 in the Abitibi Region,” American Review of Canadian Studies, Vol. 47 No. 3 (Fall 2016): 380-397.

 

Author, “Fluid Meanings: Hydro Tourism and the St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects,” Histoire Sociale/Social History, Vol. 49, no. 99 (June 2016): 327-346.

 

Author, “Watershed Decisions: The St. Lawrence Seaway and Sub-National Water Diplomacy,” Canadian Foreign Policy Journal (special issue on sub-national activities and Canada-US relations co-edited by Christopher Kirkey and Michael Hawes) Vol. 21 (3) (2015): 212-223.

 

Co-author with Murray Clamen, “The International Joint Commission, Water Levels, and Transboundary Governance in the Great Lakes,” Journal of Policy Research Vol. 32, Issue 1 (January 2015): 40-59.

 

Author, “‘A Completely Man-Made and Artificial Cataract’: The Transnational Manipulation of Niagara Falls,” Environmental History 18 (4) (October 2013): 759-784

 

Author, “‘Caught Between Two Fires’: St. Lawrence seaway and power project, Canadian-American relations, and linkage,” International Journal, Vol. 67, Issue 2 (Summer 2012): 465-482.

 

Author, “Courting war over a rubber stamp: Canada and the 1961 Berlin Wall crisis,” International Journal, Vol. 63, Issue 3 (Summer 2008): 751-768.

 

Author, “The Value of a ‘Coyne’: The Diefenbaker Government and the 1961 Coyne Affair,” Past Imperfect, Vol. 14 (2008): 120-142.

 

Textbooks

Co-author and co-editor with Jim Clifford and Josh MacFadyen, The Geospatial Historian (e-textbook and website, funded by a NiCHE projects grant, teaching how historians can utilize GIS mapping): http://geospatialhistorian.wordpress.com. Part of The Programming Historian 2 (http://niche-canada.org/programming-historian)

 

Author, Post-Second World War chapters: “Canada Comes of Age, 1945-1963,” in History of Canada Online, a digital textbook for high school and undergraduate students (Ottawa: Northern Blue Publishing, 2008). http://canadachannel.ca/HCO/index.php/B._Canada_Comes_of_ Age_-_1945-1963

 

Book Reviews

Review of Ryan O’Connor, The First Green Wave: Pollution Probe and the Origins of Environmental Activism in Ontario, in Alternatives Journal (forthcoming).

 

Review of Roberta M. Styran and Robert R. Taylor, This Colossal Project: Building the Welland Ship Canal, in Scientia Canadensis (forthcoming).

 

Review of Asa McKercher, Camelot and Canada: Canadian-American Relations in the Kennedy Era, H-Diplo Roundtable Review (May 2017).

 

Review of Emma Norman, Governing Transboundary Waters: Canada, the United States, and Indigenous Communities, in BC Studies (Winter 2016/17), no. 192.

 

Nancy Bouchier and Ken Cruickshank, The People and the Bay: A Social and Environmental History of Hamilton Harbour, for The Otter (NiCHE) (March 2016).

 

Review of David Soll, Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply, in Technology and Culture, Volume 57, Number 1 (January 2016).

 

Review of Ashley Carse, Beyond the Big Ditch: Politics, Ecology, and Infrastructure at the Panama Canal, H-Environment Roundtable Review (December 2015).

 

Review of Matthew Evenden, Allied Power: Mobilizing Hydro-Electricity during Canada’s Second World War, on H-Environment (September 2015).

 

Review of Peter Clancy, Freshwater Politics in Canada, in Environmental History, Vol. 20, No. 2 (March 2015).

 

Review of Peter Stoett, Global Ecopolitics: Crisis, Governance, and Justice, in International Journal, Issue 70.1 (March 2015).

 

Review of John Riley, The Once and Future Great Lakes Country: An Ecological History, on H-Environment (June 2014).

 

Review of Emma S. Norman, Alice Cohen, and Karen Bakker, Water Without Borders?: Canada, the United States, and Shared Waters, in American Review of Canadian Studies (March 2014).

 

Review of Joseph Zimmerman, Interstate Water Compacts: Intergovernmental Efforts to Manage America’s Water Resources, on H-Environment (April 2013).

 

Review of Damien-Claude Bélanger, Prejudice and Pride: Canadian Intellectuals Confront the United States, 1891-1945, on H-Canada (August 2011).

 

“Digging into the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project,” review essay of Robert Stagg, The Golden Dream: A History of the St. Lawrence Seaway at Fifty; Claire Puccia Parham, The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth; Jeff Alexander, Pandora’s Locks: The Opening of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, on H-Water (October 2010).

 

Review of Robert Rutherford and Magda Fahrni, eds., Creating Postwar Canada: Community, Diversity, and Dissent, 1945-1975, in Social History/Histoire Sociale, vol. 42, no. 84 (November 2009).

 

Review of Claire Parham, The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: An Oral History of the Greatest Construction Show on Earth in The Northern Mariner, Vol. XIX, No. 4 (October 2009).

 

Other

Author, “Rapid Changes: Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project,” Invited Paper, Program on Water Issues (POWI), Munk School of Global Studies, University of Toronto, (September 2011).

 

Author, “St. Lawrence Seaway,” in Kathleen Brosnan, ed., Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, (New York: Facts on File, 2010), 2000 words.

 

Co-author with John C. Courtney, nine entries (“Closure,” “Disallowance,” “Filibuster,” “Franchise,” “Ombudsman,” “Orders-in-Council,” “Parliamentary Democracy,” “Referendum,” “Royal Commissions”), Oxford Companion to Canadian History (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2003).

 

Referred Publications (in progress or under review)

Books

Author, The Suicide of Niagara Falls: Environment, Energy, and Engineers at an Iconic Border Waterscape (in progress – under contract to UBC Press)

This monograph examines twentieth century Canadian and American efforts to modify the waterscape of Niagara Falls from the late nineteenth century to the 1980s, with the 1950 Niagara Diversion Treaty as the hinge point. The history of public hydro-electric development, water diversions, and engineering manipulation at Niagara Falls provides unique insight into North American conceptions of nature, progress, and technology highlighting shared transborder conceptions about nature but also differences in Canadian and American attitudes toward the great cataract, the environment, and national identity.

 

Co-editor with Murray Clamen, The First Century of the International Joint Commission (in development).

This edited collection will stem from a September 2017 conference, funded by a SSHRC Connection grant, on the history of the Boundary Waters Treaty and International Joint Commission.

 

Journal Articles

Author, “Saving Niagara From Itself: The Campaign to Preserve and Enhance the American Falls, 1965-1975” (under external review)

 

Co-author with Murray Clamen, “Plan 2014: The Evolution of the Method of Regulation for the St. Lawrence-Lake Ontario Basin” (in progress)

 

Co-author with Andrew Watson, “Hydro Democracy: Thinking Through Canada’s Energy and Democratic Development” (in progress)

 

Co-author, “Preparing for the future in the Upper St. Lawrence/Greater Montreal Region: Would a serious game approach be useful for water resource management?” (in development)

 

Author, “Warehouse Rivers: Scale Models and the Engineering of the Niagara & St. Lawrence Megaprojects” (in development)

 

Co-author with Stephen Mumme, “US-Canada and US-Mexico Border Waters: Comparing the International Joint Commission with the International Boundary and Water Commission” (in development)

 

Book Chapters

Author, “Current Concerns: Canadian-American Energy Relations and the St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects,” in Amelia Kiddle, ed., Energy in the Americas: Critical Reflections on Energy and History, University of Calgary Press (under external review).

 

Co-author with Lynne Heasley, “Fish, Water, and Oil: The Chicago River as a Transnational Matrix of Place” for an edited collection (Kathleen Brosnan, Will Barnett, and Ann Keating, eds.) on the environmental history of Chicago with the University of Pittsburgh Press’s History of the Urban Environment series (under review).

 

Author, “Natural Security: Conceptualizing Canada-US Environmental Diplomacy,” in Asa McKercher and Philip Van Huizen, eds., Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World, to be submitted to the L.R. Wilson Rethinking Canada in the World Series with McGill-Queen’s University Press (under review)

 

Co-author with Murray Clamen, “The IJC and Great Lakes Water Levels,” in Murray Clamen and Daniel Macfarlane, eds., The First Century of the IJC (in development)

 

Co-author with Murray Clamen, “Introduction: Situating the BWT/IJC in Place and Time”, in Murray Clamen and Daniel Macfarlane, eds., The First Century of the IJC (in development)

 

Other Research Projects

Climate change, resiliency, and Great Lakes water levels and quality

History of Canadian-American environmental and energy relations during Cold War

Comparison of US-Canada and US-Mexico border water governance

A.G.L. McNaughton and Canadian-American water relations

Robert Moses as Chairman of the Power Authority of the State of New York (PASNY)

Chicago Diversion and North American environmental diplomacy

Hydraulic engineers and the control of ice formation in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence basin

 

Conferences, Presentations, and Talks

Estimated Truths: Water, Science, and the Politics of Approximation (Berlin, 2017)

-Presenter: “As Nearly As May Be”: Controlling Water in the St. Lawrence River

International Water History Conference 2017 (Grand Rapids, 2017)

-Presenter: A History of Controlling Great Lakes Water

-Presenter: The Summer of ’69: Turning off Niagara Falls

Undiplomatic History: Rethinking Canada in the World (Hamilton, 2017)

-Presenter: The Nature of the Relationship: Canada-US Environmental Diplomacy in the Cold War

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual conference (Chicago, 2017)

-Roundtable Organizer and Participant: Great Lakes History in a Time of Water Crisis

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual conference (Seattle, 2016)

-Presenter: The Nature of the Relationship: US-Canadian Environmental Diplomacy in the Early Cold War

Save the River annual conference (Clayton, 2016) (invited public talk)

-Presenter: Regulating a River: Water Levels and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Lyceum Lectures Series, Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, 2016)

-Presenter: A Transborder History of Controlling Water in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin

Breisach Faculty Research Colloquium Series, Department of History, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, 2015)

-Presenter: Beauty vs. Power: A Transborder History of Remaking Niagara Falls

Faculty Research Lecture Series, Department of Geography, Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, 2015)

-Presenter: Manipulating Niagara Falls: Space, Place, and Environment

Association of Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) (Las Vegas, 2015)

-Presenter: Fluid Borders: Environments, Nationalism, and the St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects

International Water History Conference 2015 (Delft, 2015)

-Presenter: Diversions and Distortions: Canada, the United States, and the Engineering of Niagara Falls

-Chair for two panels

Congress 2015, Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) and Canadian Historical

Association (CHA) (Ottawa, 2015)

-Roundtable participant: Is All History Now Environmental History? The Anthropocene in Historical Context (Tina Loo, Sean Kheraj, Stephen Bocking, Jessica DeWitt, Daniel Macfarlane)

Congress 2015, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Ottawa, 2015)

-Roundtable participant: Thinking Outside the Box: Historians and Interdisciplinarity

(Roberta Lexier, Christabelle Sethna, Sean Carleton, Dan Horner, Lara Campbell, Daniel

Macfarlane)

Science, Technology, and the Modern in Canada: A Conference in Honour of Richard Jarrell (Toronto, 2015)

-Presenter: Negotiated High Modernism: Canada and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Honours Seminar, Concordia University, The Loyola Sustainability Research Centre and

Department of Political Science (Montreal, 2015)

-Invited Speaker: Fluid Relations: Canada-U.S. Water Politics and the St. Lawrence Seaway

Symposium on North American Environmental Governance (Montreal, 2015)

-Invited Panelist, North American transnational water governance

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) annual meeting (Dearborn, 2014)

-Presenter: Canada, the US, and the Envirotechnical Manipulation of Niagara Falls

Landscape, Nature, and Memory: Tourism History in Canada (Vancouver, 2014)

-Presenter: Fluid Meanings: Tourism and the St. Lawrence-Niagara Megaprojects

Energy in the Americas: Critical Reflections on Energy and History, (Calgary, 2014)

-Presenter: The St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects: Canadian-American Energy Relations

Borders in Globalization conference (Ottawa, 2014)

-Presenter: The International Joint Commission, Sustainability, and Great Lakes Water: A Historical Appraisal

Congress 2014, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (St. Catharines, 2014)

-Presenter: Compromised Rivers: Envirotechnical Nationalisms in the St. Lawrence and Niagara Megaprojects

Sub-national Activities and their Influence on Foreign Policy: Understanding the        Context of Canada-U.S. Relations (Toronto, 2014)

-Presenter: Watershed Decisions: St. Lawrence Seaway and Sub-national Environmental Diplomacy

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual conference (San Francisco, 2014)

Presenter: Fluid Border: Environmental Diplomacy, Envirotechnical Manipulation, and the St. Lawrence Seaway

Quelques arpents de neige Environmental History Workshop (Kingston, 2013)

-Presenter: On the Level: A History of Controlling and Understanding Great Lakes Water Levels

Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA) biennial conference XVIII (Montreal, 2013)

-Presenter: Model Developments: The St. Lawrence and Niagara Power Projects

Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) annual meeting (Portland, 2013)

-Presenter: Nation-Building: The Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Congress 2013, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Victoria, 2013)

-Roundtable participant: Squaring Borders and (Bio)regions in Canadian History (Tina Adcock, Shannon Stunden Bower, Jeffers Lennox, Matthew Evenden, Daniel Macfarlane)

Congress 2013, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Victoria, 2013)

-Roundtable participant and organizer: Exploring High Modernism in the Canadian Context (James Scott, H.V. Nelles, Tina Loo, Shirley Tillotson, Daniel Macfarlane)

Great Lakes Roundtable (East Lansing, 2013)

  • -Co-organizer & keynote talk: The International Joint Commission and the Transnational
  • History of Great Lakes Water

National Council on Public History (NCPH) annual meeting (Ottawa, 2013)

-Roundtable participant: Making Environmental History Public Through Digital Technologies (Sean Kheraj, Ronald Rudin, Jim Clifford, Josh MacFadyen, William Knight, James Opp, Daniel Macfarlane)

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual conference (Toronto, 2013)

-Presenter: “A Completely Man-Made and Artificial Cataract”: The 1950 Niagara Treaty and the Transnational Manipulation of Niagara Falls

-Panel organizer: Bordering on Relevance: Watersheds in Canada-U.S. Transnational History (Jay Taylor, Nancy Langston, Noah Hall, Lynne Heasley, Daniel Macfarlane)

Faculty Lecture Series, Michigan State University, Department of History (East Lansing, 2013)

  • -Invited Speaker: Negotiating High Modernism: The Niagara and St. Lawrence Transborder Projects

“Rivers, Cities, Historical Interactions” – Rachel Carson Center conference (Munich, 2013)

  • -Presenter: Dam the Consequences: Montreal, Cornwall, and the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

History Matters Series, Historical Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Government of Canada (Ottawa, 2013)

  • -Invited Speaker: Negotiating a Seaway: Canadian-American Resource Diplomacy in the
    • Early Cold War

Congress 2012, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Waterloo, 2012)

-Roundtable participant and organizer: A Roundtable on the Macro-theories of Canadian History: staples, metropolitan-hinterland, Laurentian theses (Doug Owram, Shirley Tillotson, Christopher Dummit, Sean Kheraj, Daniel Macfarlane)

Congress 2012, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Waterloo, 2012)

-Chair and panel organizer: Power and the State: The Politics of Energy and Natural

Resources

Carleton University, Department of History Colloquium (Ottawa, 2012)

-Invited Speaker: Dam the Consequences: Creating the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Quelques arpents de neige Environmental History Workshop (Kingston, 2011)

-Presenter (with Jim Clifford): Historical GIS and Environmental History: what have we accomplished?

Canadian Science and Technology History Association (CSTHA) biennial conference XVII (Ottawa, 2011).

-Presenter: Rapid Changes: Technology, Environment, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Congress 2011, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Fredericton, 2011).

-Presenter: Displaced Waters and Displaced Communities: Exploring the Formation of the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project

Environments of Mobility in Canadian History Workshop (Toronto, 2011).

-Presenter: Creating the Seaway: Environmental Nationalism, High Modernism, and Conceptions of Nature

Canadian Studies Roundtable, Canadian Studies Program, University of Western Michigan (Kalamazoo, 2011).

-Roundtable facilitator: Borders and Water

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) annual conference (Madison, 2010).

-Presenter: Creating the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project: Canada-U.S. Environmental Diplomacy, 1949-1954

Congress 2010, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Montreal, 2010).

-Presenter: Productive Disagreement: The Rise and Fall of an All-Canadian Seaway, 1945-1954

-Panel Co-organizer: “Rifts in the Rapids: The St. Lawrence Seaway Then and Now”

Quelques Arpents de Neige Environmental History Group (Ottawa, 2010).

-Presenter: Unwanted Diversions: The Ebb and Flow of an All-Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway, 1949-1954

American Society for Environmental History (ASEH) annual conference (Portland, 2010).

-Presenter: ‘Sold the Nation’s Birthright’: Canadian-American Environmental Diplomacy and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway, 1949-1954

Congress 2009, Canadian Historical Association (CHA) annual conference (Ottawa, 2009).

-Presenter: Brick by Brink: Diefenbaker and the 1961 Berlin Wall Crisis

-Panel organizer: “The Diefenbaker Interlude: Reappraising Diefenbaker’s External Affairs

Legacy, 1957-1963”

Congress 2007, Canadian Historical Association & Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Association, “Fur Trade and Metis Days” (Saskatoon, 2007).

-Presenter: ‘The Crossing Place’: A Microhistorical Study of Fort Carlton, 1823-1824

Congress 2007, Canadian Association for Studies in Co-operation, “Co-operatives & Innovation: Influencing the Social Economy” (Saskatoon, 2007).

-Presenter: Screening Co-operatives: Film, Interviews, and the Social Economy

Pierre Savard History Graduate Student Colloquium (Ottawa, 2007).

-Presenter: ‘Courting War Over a Rubber Stamp’: Canada and the 1961 Berlin Wall Crisis.

Canadian Association for University Continuing Education Annual Conference (St. John’s, 2005).

-Presenter: University Continuing Education and Social Change: What can we learn from the history of Alberta and Saskatchewan? (co-presented with Scott McLean and Indrani Chakraborty)

University of Saskatchewan & University of Regina History Graduate Students Conference (Saskatoon, 2004).

-Presenter: Bigger Than the Both of Them: The Diefenbaker Government and the Coyne Affair

-Presenter: The ‘Reel’ Führer: Approaching Hitler in Post-Second World War Film.

University of Saskatchewan, Department of History’s Michael Swan Honours Colloquium (Saskatoon, 2002).

-Presenter: A Blueprint for World War II: An Analysis of Mein Kampf

 

Conference/Workshops Organized

-The First Century of the BWT and IJC (co-organizer with Murray Clamen, Jamie Benidickson,

Greg Donaghy) (Ottawa, 2017)

-IWHA’s Water History Conference (lead organizer) (Grand Rapids, 2017)

-Great Lakes Roundtable (co-organized with Ann-Marie Schneider) (East Lansing, 2013)

-Border Flows (co-organized with Lynne Heasley) (Kingston, 2012)

 

Digital Contributions

Personal research website and blog: https://danielmacfarlane.wordpress.com/

Co-lead on NiCHE’s “Digital Tools” project: http://niche-canada.org/digital-tools/

Co-editor of “The Otter” (NiCHE blog): http://niche-canada.org/otter

Contributor to “The Otter” blog. Selected contributions:

-Historical GIS mapping: http://niche-canada.org/node/9890; http://niche-       canada.org/node/10020; http://niche-canada.org/node/10547

-Turning off Niagara Falls: http://niche-canada.org/2016/01/29/turning-off-niagara-falls-again-1969-revisited/; http://activehistory.ca/2015/03/an-ice-bridge-to-the-past-niagara-falls-has-frozen/

-Teaching environmental history: http://niche-canada.org/node/10742; http://niche-  canada.org/node/10521;http://niche-canada.org/2017/01/18/teaching-media-literacy

through-environmental-history-the-kalamazoo-river-oil-spill/

-Other: http://niche-canada.org/node/10739; http://niche-canada.org/node/10411;

http://niche-canada.org/node/10521; http://niche-canada.org/node/10547; http://niche-canada.org/2014/02/12/a-river-runs-under-along-and-through-it-montreal-and-the-st-lawrence-seaway/; http://niche-canada.org/2016/09/12/dam-nation-hydroelectric-developments-in-canada/

Invited contributor to Active History group blog. Selected contributions:

-Asian Carp: http://activehistory.ca/2014/05/carpe-aqua-asian-carp-invasive-species-and-the-great-lakes/

-Great Lakes water levels: http://activehistory.ca/2013/06/ripple-effects-great

lakes-water-levels/

-Keystone XL pipeline: http://activehistory.ca/2011/11/funneling-controversy-the-keystone-xl-pipeline/

-Canadian peacekeeping: http://activehistory.ca/2012/03/keeping-the-peace-or-keeping-a-myth/

-Niagara Falls: http://activehistory.ca/2012/05/above-and-below-manipulating-the-niagara-waterscape/

-St. Lawrence Lost Villages: http://activehistory.ca/2012/11/lost-villages-collaboration-and-capturing-history/

-The Raccoons: http://activehistory.ca/2012/08/the-raccoons/

-Fracking: http://activehistory.ca/2013/11/a-big-fracking-deal/

Guest contributor to American Rivers blog

-St. Lawrence Seaway and Plan 2014: https://www.americanrivers.org/2016/06/why-we-need-plan-2014/

EHTV: Live From the Field (NiCHE video series). Contributed several videos concerning

Hydro-electricity and canals of the Niagara and St. Lawrence regions: http://www.niche

canada.org/node/10124

Invited contributor to the “Culture and the Canada-U.S. Border” group blog

-https://ccusb.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/guest-post-daniel-macfarlane-on-border-waters-and-competing-nationalisms/

 

Public & Media Contributions

Guest Editorial, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder, “It’s now 40 years after the last tweak on water

levels policy for the St. Lawrence River,” 25 September 2015.

Interviewed in Rebecca Leber, “Stephen Harper Turned Canada Into a Climate Change Villain. An

Election Won’t Change That,” in The New Republic, 9 September 2015.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/122724/stephen-harper-turned-canada-climate-villain

Feature interview, “Nature’s Past” podcast, Episode 45, October 2014, http://nichecanada.org

/2014/10/29/natures-past-episode-45-the-st-lawrence-seaway-and-power-project/

Public lecture (invited), Discovering Ottawa’s Environmental History Series (NiCHE & Ottawa Public Library), January 2011.

Presenter: “Rapid Change: Creating the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project”

Feature interview on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, “All in a Day,” CBC Radio

Ottawa, 18 January 2011.

Feature interview on the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, CKCU Radio Ottawa, 17

January 2011.

Guest editorial, National Post (also published in: Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, canada.com),

“Forgotten Passage: The Legacy of the St. Lawrence Seaway at 50,” 30 June 2009.        

 

Teaching

Graduate Student Supervision

Jessica Helps, M.A. Major Research Paper, “Tying the Nation Together from Railroads to Pipelines: Articulating the Nationalisms of Canadian Oil and Gas, 1946-1956,” School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University (completed 2014). Co-supervisor.

 

Peter Kitay, M.A. Major Research Paper: “Hydraulic Imperialism: An Environmental History of Treaty No. 9 and Lake Abitibi (1896-1919),” School of Canadian Studies, Carleton University (completed 2014). Co-supervisor.

 

Instructor

Environmental Studies 5400 – Freshwater Policy. Western Michigan University.

This hybrid seminar focuses primarily on federal and state freshwater policies in the United States, but also engages regional, local, and global water resources issues. Themes examined include quantity and quality, groundwater and surface water, water law, federalism, policy formulation processes, foreign policy and environmental diplomacy, municipal water supplies, bottled water, water privatization, water and energy, etc. Engaging the fields of political science and political ecology, as well as history, law, and international relations, this course addresses the historical evolution of water policy and consider contemporary and future questions. This course is reading and writing intensive – students read a variety of publications (e.g., books, articles, laws) and complete a range of writing assignments, including a major water policy paper.

Environmental Studies 4500: The Kalamazoo River. Western Michigan University.

This course is a place-based senior seminar that uses the local river to examine key environmental issues. The course centers on the Kalamazoo River as a both a Superfund site (from paper mills) and the site of the 2010 oil spill, one of the largest inland oil spills in US history. An experiential learning approach is incorporated, as the class does walking and kayak tours of various sites, and learns from public and private sector officials. Students do readings based on scientific and government reports, as well as academic publications, and produce a lengthy final research project.

 

Environmental Studies 4500/5400 – Great Lakes Water Policy. Western Michigan University.

This course examines water policy and governance in the Great Lakes basin, particularly water quantity and water quality, as well as connected issues such as invasive species. It covers the historical development of Great Lakes water policies over the 20th Century, and engage more recent policies, contemporary issues, and future challenges. As the Great Lakes are a bioregion and resource shared between two countries, this course considers the transborder implications, looking at both the American and Canadian federal governments, as well as the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states. The role of the International Joint Commission will also be a central concern.

Environmental Studies 1100 – Nature and Society. Western Michigan University.

This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of environmental studies designed for majors and minors in the program. Through a survey of environmental topics, students will examine changing human relationships to the nonhuman world, diverse approaches to environmental problems, and environmental literature from the humanities to the sciences. The course is reading and writing intensive, and also includes a required weekend camping trip.

 

History 3409 – United States in the 20th Century. Carleton University.

Designed a course examining the history of the United States from the 1900s to the 1990s with an emphasis on how political, international economic, environmental, and social developments shaped the conditions, attitudes, and values of present-day America. Subjects to be discussed in readings and in class include the Progressive Era, First World War, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, Roosevelt’s New Deal, Second World War, Cold War, Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, Great Society, the student protest and counterculture movements of the 1960s, and social changes in recent decades.

 

Sociology 4310 – Globalization and the Environment. University of Ottawa.

Designed a course addressing the relations between social, cultural, economic and political globalization and the natural environment, with a particular emphasis on transnational water issues. This course pays special attention to cultural ideas about the environment, social movements, expert and local/traditional knowledges, and the attempts of major institutional actors such as states and corporations to navigate the dynamic between economic and environmental globalization.

 

History 3104 – Ontario Since Confederation. University of Ottawa.

Designed a course on the history of Ontario since Confederation. This course examines the pertinent political social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental aspects of the province’s history since 1867. Subjects discussed in readings and in class include federalism, Ontario-Quebec relations, Ontario Hydro and energy, etc.

 

Canadian Studies 4400 – Canadian Cultural Landscapes. Carleton University.

Designed and taught a seminar on cultural landscape appreciation and the development of Canadian individual and collective cultural identities, through the lenses of environmental history and studies, cultural geography, heritage and public history, planning and architecture, and representational/literary sources. Cultural landscapes are analyzed as a tool for understanding physical and mental landscapes and their shaping of identity, and vice versa. These include Indigenous landscapes, major Canadian parks such as Banff, rivers and waterfalls such as Niagara and the St. Lawrence, Acadian and prairie settlement, and historic cities. Students utilize official cultural landscape reports from the National Capital Commission to engage and evaluate sites in Ottawa.

 

First Year Program 187D (Canadian Studies) – The St. Lawrence River & Seaway. St. Lawrence University.

Co-designed and co-taught (with Robert Thacker, Charles A. Dana Professor of Canadian Studies) a Canadian Studies course in the First Year Program (FYP) program that focuses on the transnational history and culture of the St. Lawrence valley. FYP is a unique co-taught interdisciplinary course which is the keystone of St. Lawrence University’s liberal arts education, with students taking the course from all disciplines across the arts and sciences. Teaching in the FYP also involves acting as the adviser for students. This course involves both a lecture and seminar component, as well as a field trips in the St. Lawrence Valley.

History 4302S/5312S – Canadian Environmental History. Carleton University.

In this Honours/graduate seminar students engaged not only the wider environmental history of Canada, and North America, but field trips in and around Ottawa allowed students to connect readings and ideas with place and practice. Given the abundance of water in Canada, and the range of canals and hydro-electric developments close to Ottawa, the theme of water in Canadian history received special attention. Students were required to do extensive readings, present to the group, produce a major paper based on primary source research, and do either a community environmental history paper, a digital humanities project, or a historiographical paper.

 

History 3904B –U.S.-Canadian Environmental Relations. Carleton University.

Designed and taught a third-year course on the history of environmental relations between the United States and Canada that connected both transnational and environmental history. Focusing on the bilateral relationship since the 19th century, students learned about the key role natural resources and environmental issues have played in the Canadian-American relationship. The course dealt with issues such as the International Joint Commission (IJC), especially those connected to boundary waters such as the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project, the Great Lakes, and the Columbia River treaty. In addition, it also dealt with a wide range of other issues such as air pollution, fisheries, oil/gas, the Arctic, and acid rain. This course involved training at Library and Archives Canada, and students were strongly encouraged to use primary sources for their research papers.

 

History 2100C – The Historian’s Craft. University of Ottawa.

Designed and taught a second-year course on historiography and historical research methods. For this course, I helped develop a pilot program with the Education Division of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) to introduce and familiarize university students with archival sources and research methods, which involved the students attending three classes at LAC and submitting assignments based on their archival research. I also elected to utilize the Experiential Learning Service (ESL) option, whereby students could choose to undertake a community-based historical research project – Community Learning Service (CLS) – with non-profit organizations (museum, archive, community association, etc.), an opportunity that allowed students to apply their historical studies to real-world situations in ways that benefit their community.

 

Teaching Development

-Teaching History in Diverse Venues: A Workshop Linking Historians and Educators in Bettering History Education Practice, Association for Canadian Studies, The History Education Network/ Histoire et éducation en réseau (THEN/HiER), and Active History (Toronto, November 2010).

-Canada’s Diverse Histories conference, Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association and Association for Canadian Studies (Toronto, November 2010).

-Five workshops on teaching at the university level (2002-2007).

 

Internal WMU Service Activities

Executive Committee – Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (2016-present)

Gwen Frostic Speaker Series Committee (2017-18)

Honors Thesis Supervisor – Lee Honors College (1 student; 2016-present)

Environmental Hour (monthly departmental colloquium) – organizer (2015-2017)

Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series on Water – co-organizer (2016)

Communication/Media Committee, ENVS – chair (2014-present)

ENVS Freshwater Program Assessment Committee – member (2015-present)

 

Other Professional Service/Activities

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) – executive board member and co-editor

International Water History Association – Vice President (2017-present); executive council member (2015-17)

Guest co-editor of a special issue (with Claire Campbell and Lynne Heasley) of the Michigan Historical Review on environmental history

Guest co-editor (with William Knight) of a special issue of Scientia Canadensis on envirotech

2017 ACSUS Biennial Conference – co-section head for Geography, Energy, and Environment

2015 International Water History Conference – program committee

Borders in Globalization (BIG) network (SSHRC Partnership Grant) – research associate

UpSWing – Understanding Game-Based Approaches for Improving Sustainable Water Governance

(SSHRC Partnership Development Grant)

Book manuscript referee for McGill-Queen’s University Press; University of British Columbia

Press

Article referee for Environmental History; Technology and Culture; Canadian Foreign Policy

Journal; Michigan Historical Review; Scientia Canadiensis; Journal of the Canadian Historical Association; Urban History Review

Programming Historian – peer reviewer

Capstone Seminar Journal – guest editor for “(Re)Negotiating Artifacts of Canadian Narratives of

Identity,” Volume 4, Number 1, Spring 2014

CHESS – NiCHE Summer School (2009-2015) – participant

ASEH 2013 conference field trip to Niagara Falls – co-leader

Political History Group (PHG-GHP) – co-organizer for two 2012 CHA panels

Career Talk, Department of English graduate students, Carleton University (April 2012) – panelist

Place and Placelessness 2011 – panel moderator: “Nature and Politics”

EH+: Writing the Next Chapter of Canadian Environmental History Conference (April 2011) –

participant

NiCHE New Scholars Reading Group – participant

“The State in Transition: Challenges for Canadian Federalism/ L’État en transition: Défis pour le

fédéralisme canadien,” University of Ottawa conference (2008) – assistant organizer

History Graduate Students Association (HGSA) (2008) – Vice-President Finance

Pierre Savard HGSA Colloquium, Department of History, University of Ottawa (2007) – co-

organizer

Timlin Lecture, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan (2004) – co-organizer

Gateway Journal of History – Board of Directors

 

Selected Professional Experience

Expert Witness. Government of Canada, Department of Indian Affairs/Department of Justice. Federal court case involving the St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project. June 2015-present.

Pre-trial research and providing a written report; advising; appearing in court as an expert witness if necessary.

 

Researcher. Historical Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Government of Canada. October 2010-March 2011.

Conducting archival research at Library and Archives Canada for the Documents on Canadian External Relations (DCER) series for the years 1962-1963.

 

Researcher. Professor Michael Behiels, Department of History University of Ottawa. June 2007-December 2007; October 2008.

Research on the history of federalism, focusing on Quebec and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Assisting with the organization of a conference titled “The State in Transition: Challenges for Canadian Federalism/ L’État en transition: Défis pour le fédéralisme canadien” (October 2008).

 

Writer/Consultant. History of Canada Online, Northern Blue Publishing, Ottawa. June 2007-Present.

Writing the 1945-1963 history of Canada section for an online textbook aimed at Grades 9-12 and first-year university students.

http://canadachannel.ca/HCO/index.php/B._Canada_Comes_of_Age_-_1945-1963

 

Researcher/Policy Analyst. Saskatchewan Institute for Public Policy (SIPP), University of Regina. October 2006-December 2006.

Employed on the McCall Review (Government of Saskatchewan), conducting research and policy analysis using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods on the accessibility and affordability of post-secondary education.

 

Researcher/Documentarian. Center for the Study of Co-operatives, University of Saskatchewan. May 2006-December 2006.

Researching and conducting an extensive video documentary series on Saskatchewan’s co-operatives history.

 

Research Assistant. Professor Emeritus John C. Courtney, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan. May 2002-December 2006.

Primary and secondary source research, policy interpretation and recommendation, internet research, formula research (proportionality index, Gini index), indexing, proofreading, graphing & spreadsheet. Selected research: Elections: The Canadian Democratic Audit (UBC Press, 2004); research on Canadian electoral reform; various conference papers/presentations; conducted a year-long project on electoral reform opinions in Canadian newspapers.

 

Research Assistant. Professor Emeritus David E. Smith, Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan. August 2005-May 2006; October 2006-December 2006.

Research, bibliography creation, and indexing for The People’s House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention (University of Toronto Press, 2007); conducted research for Federalism and the Constitution of Canada (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010).

 

Writer/Historical Consultant. Partners in Motion Film and Video Production Company, Regina, SK. October 2005-April 2006.

Developing, researching and writing a 13-episode historical documentary series titled “History Lab” for History Television Canada.

 

Research Assistant. Professor Brett Fairbairn, Department of History, University of Saskatchewan. January 2006-April 2006.

Conducting an extensive literature review for a SSHRC-funded study (Social Cohesion and Democracy) on democracy in non-governmental associations, with a focus on co-operatives, resulting in a 250-page report.

 

Research Assistant. Professor Scott McLean, Extension Division, University of Saskatchewan. September 2004-June 2005.

Conducting primary and secondary source research on the comparative histories of Alberta and Saskatchewan; writing and presenting research for a SSHRC-funded research grant on “A Historical Sociology of Continuing Education at the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan” which resulted in the publication of Reaching out into the World: A History of Extension at the University of Saskatchewan, 1910-2007 (Saskatoon: University Extension Press, 2007).

 

Researcher. Elections Canada, Government of Canada. May 2003-October 2003.

Working independently and with Professor John C. Courtney conducting research on the Federal Electoral Boundary Redistribution Process and Report 2004, including calculating proportionality of constituencies using the Gini Index and researching the boundary commission process.

 

Archivist. Diefenbaker Canada Centre, University of Saskatchewan. January 2001-May 2002.

Assisting researchers, conducting historical research through a variety of methods, writing research papers, constructing finding aids, maintaining and cataloguing documents and books, preparing documents for micro-filming.

 

Digital Skills

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and digital mapping (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS)

Website design (e.g., WordPress)

Data-mining

Digital textbook creation

Basic HTML and programming

THATcamp NCPH (April 2013) – participant

 

Professional Memberships

Society for the History of Technology

Association for Canadian Studies in the United States

Canadian Studies Network

Canadian International History Committee

Canadian Water Network

International Association for Great Lakes Research

Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association

Envirotech

Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations

American Society for Environmental History

Canadian International Council

The History Education Network/ Histoire et éducation en réseau

Faith and History

Quelques Arpents de Neige Environmental History Group

Lost Villages Historical Society

Organization for the History of Canada

Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE)

Canadian Historical Association

Political History Group (PHG-GHP)

 

Languages

Intermediate French

-Various classes at the University of Saskatchewan and University of Ottawa

Intermediate German

-Various classes at the University of Saskatchewan

-Intensive Language Program: Treffpunkt Sprachinstitut, Bamberg, Germany (2005)

 

 

 

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