PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: Lawson Hall 2268
On sabbatical, 2015-16
Professor MacEachern teaches & researches Canadian history, with an emphasis on environmental & climate history.
A healthy society spends most of its energies trained on the present & the future. But a healthy society also devotes some of its energies to remembering & understanding the past. The historian's job is to tell or remind people today about the lives of others in the past. That's it. Doing so goes a small way to fulfilling the obligation that people of the past are not forgotten. And it holds a promise & a threat to people of today, that they won't be forgotten either.
I am available at the coordinates above, and welcome hearing from you.
I am working on a number of projects during & after my sabbatical: a history of PEI tourism, with Edward MacDonald; the 8th edition of Origins and Destinies Canadian history textbooks, with Robert Wardhaugh; a website on Canada's experience of 1816, "the Year Without a Summer," with Michael O'Hagan; and a study of phenology in turn-of-the-20th century Canada, using the the Environment Canada meteorological history collection at Western. I will spend part of the year at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich. I was the founding director of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment (2004-15) and author of "The Associate" column in University Affairs (2013-15); I continue as editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press.
Editor, "The Landscape of Canadian Environmental History" forum, and author of its introductory essay, "The Text That Nature Renders?" Canadian Historical Review, 95 no.4 (Dec 2014).
"The Large and Lovelier Canada / Le grand et somptueux Canada," in (Re)Making Confederation: (Re)Imagining Canadian History special issue of Canadian Themes/Thèmes Canadiens (Autumn 2014).
"The International Nature of the 1825 Miramichi Fire," Forestry Chronicle, 90 no.3 (May/Jun 2014), 43-6.
"The Sentimentalist: Science and Nature in the Writing of HU Green, aka Tony Lascelles," Journal of Canadian Studies, 47 no.3 (2014).
"Popular by our Misery: The International Response to the 1825 Miramichi Fire," in Claire E. Campbell & Robert Summerby-Murray, eds, Land and Sea: Environmental Histories of Atlantic Canada, Acadiensis Press, 2012.
"A Little Essay on Big: Towards a History of Canada's Size," in Big Country,Big Issues: Canada's Environment, Culture, and History, a special issue of Perspectives, Rachel Carson Center, 2011.
"JE Bernier's Claims to Fame," Scientia Canadensis 33 no.2 (2010). (with Ryan O'Connor) Talking Green: Oral History and Environmental History, a special issue of Oral History Forum d'histoire orale, Dec 2010.
"Writing the History of Canadian Parks: Past, Present, and Future," Canadian Parks for Tomorrow: 40th Anniversary Conference, 2008.(with Matthew Evenden) Environmental History, a special issue on Canada, 12 no.4 (2007).