Lynne Heasley

Lynne Heasley
Associate Professor of History
(269) 387-2778 (Wood Hall) or (269) 387-4654 (Friedmann Hall)
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
  • 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)

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