Jim CLifford, director, Faculty
Jim Clifford is an environmental and digital historian of nineteenth century London and the British World. He uses text-mining and HGIS to explore the connections between rapid industrialization and urbanization in London and environmental transformations in other parts of the world. Alongside this research, he also is a co-editor of ActiveHistory.ca and a part of the Network in Canadian History & Environment website team. He is an assistant professor in the Department of History here at the University of Saskatchewan.
geoff Cunfer, Faculty
Geoff Cunfer is an environmental historian of agriculture on the North American Great Plains and currently serves as Department Head of History at the University of Saskatchewan. He founded the Historical GIS Laboratory, where he researches agricultural land use, dust storms and wind erosion, material and energy flows in agricultural landscapes, and historical geography. He holds a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Texas and is the author of On the Great Plains: Agriculture and Environment (2005) and As a Farm Woman Thinks: Life and Land on the Texas High Plains, 1890-1960 (2010).
benjamin hoy, FACULTY
Benjamin Hoy is a transnational historian whose work focuses on the Canada-U.S. border and Aboriginal mobility during the nineteenth and early twentieth century. He uses demographic records, federal reports, playlists, and personal correspondence to understand how power is exercised over time and space and how key events and racial perceptions shaped federal action and policy.
Andrew Watson, postdoctoral fellow
Andrew Watson is a Canadian Environmental Historian and Postdoctoral Fellow on the Sustainable Farm Systems Project. His work with the Great Plains team uses socio-ecological metabolism methods to trace the changing energy flows of agriculture in Kansas during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By reconstructing these flows at the county, township, and farm level, Andrew’s work will offer an comparative analysis at various scales over time. Andrew is also a collaborator with Jim Clifford on London’s Ghost Acres Project, which uses digital methods, such as text-mining and HGIS, to trace global commodity flows during the nineteenth century. His own current research examines the economic and environmental history of coal production and consumption in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century.
Jane Westhouse, Staff
Jane Westhouse is the HGIS lab’s Research Administrative Assistant on Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays.