Alan MacEachern


PhD, Queen’s University, 1997
Telephone: 519-661-2111 ext. 84993
Office: Lawson Hall 2268
Office Hours: Wednesdays 12:30-2:30pm or by appointment

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 currently completely a history of the 1825 Miramichi Fire, as well as working on a history of tourism on Prince Edward Island, and a study of phenology in turn-of-the-20th century Canada, using the Environment Canada meteorological history collection at Western. 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 am the editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at University of Calgary Press.

Selected Publications


Origins book cover

(with Robert Wardhaugh) Origins: Canadian History to Confederation, 8th ed., Nelson, 2017

Destinies book cover

(with Robert WardhaughDestinies: Canadian History since Confederation, 8th ed. Nelson, 2017.

Method & Meaning Book Cover

(with William J TurkelMethod and Meaning in Canadian Environmental History. Nelson, 2009. Includes "An Introduction, in Theory and Practice" and "Lost in Shipping: Canadian National Parks and the International Donation of Wildlife."

Environmental Fable Book Cover

The Institute of Man and Resources: An Environmental Fable. Island Studies Press, 2003.

Natural Selections Book Cover

Natural Selections: National Parks in Atlantic Canada, 1935-1970McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001.

Selected Chapters & Journal Articles

Public & Digital History Projects

Conferences Organized

In the News

Awards and Distinctions

  • Visiting Professor, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China, 2017.
  • Carson Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2016.
  • SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Clusters grant, principal investigator, 2007-15.
  • Visiting Fellow, Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society, LMU Munich, 2011.