Lynne Heasley

Lynne Heasley
Associate Professor of History
Office: 
(269) 387-2778 (Wood Hall) or (269) 387-4654 (Friedmann Hall)
Location: 
3928 Wood Hall, Mail Stop 5419; 4420 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5334
Mailing address: 
Department of History
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5334 USA
Education: 
  • Ph.D., History, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1994
  • B.A., Miami University, 1986
Teaching interests: 
  • Dr. Heasley teaches undergraduate courses in environmental history and sustainability studies.
  • Her advanced and graduate courses emphasize modern Great Lakes and water history, and interdisciplinary, field-based approaches to landscape and environmental analysis.
Research interests: 
  • Environmental History (Modern North America and the Great Lakes region)
  • Environmental Humanities (with a focus on water and sustainability)
Bio: 

Dr. Lynne Heasley is an associate professor jointly appointed in the Department of History and the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University.

Courses she currently teaches:
* HIST 3180- American Environmental History
* ENVS 3000 Honors- Introduction to Sustainability
* HIST 4010/ENVS 4010- Environmental Topics: Great Lakes History

 Heasley’s current research in water history focuses on the past, present, and future of the vast but vulnerable Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system of inland seas.  She is writing The Paradox of Abundance—a volume of creative non-fiction essays on the ecological, economic, and cultural histories of modern threats to the Great Lakes.  

Heasley’s monographs:
* Border Flows: A Century of the Canadian-American Water Relationship. Co-edited with Daniel Macfarlane. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2016.
University of Calgary Press

* A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005; 2nd edition, 2012. University of Wisconsin Press