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Daniel Macfarlane

Senior fellow, Bill Graham Centre, University of Toronto & Associate Professor, Western Michigan University

Dr. Daniel Macfarlane is an Associate Professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University, where he teaches courses on water policy and political ecology. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Bill Graham Center for Contemporary International History at the University of Toronto, and the current President of the International Water History Association. A former Fulbright Research Chair and Banting Fellow, Daniel received his PhD in History from the University of Ottawa in 2011.

Daniel the author or co-editor of 2 published and 2 forthcoming books on Canada-US border waters: Negotiating a River: Canada, the US, and the Creation of the St. Lawrence Seaway (2014); Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Relationship (2016); The First Century of the International Joint Commission (forthcoming 2019); and a forthcoming book on the history of remaking Niagara Falls, tentatively titled Fixing Niagara Falls: Environment, Energy, and Engineers at a Famous Border Waterscape (2020). He has published other works on the history of Great Lakes water levels, Canada-US environmental relations, and hydroelectricity. Daniel now working on a transnational environmental history of Lake Ontario (with Colin Duncan), as well as a book on US-Canada environmental and energy relations.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Freshwater Policy, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Western MIchigan University , Western Michigan University


  • 2011 
    University of Ottawa, PhD