Western University HistoryWestern Social Science

Professor Alan MacEachern


PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Email: amaceach@uwo.ca
Office: Lawson Hall 2268

On sabbatical, 2015-16

Research Interests

Professor MacEachern teaches & researches Canadian history, with an emphasis on environmental & climate history. 

Teaching Philosophy

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.

Major Research Projects

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. 

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