Contact information

Canadian-American Center

154 College Ave, Orono, ME 04473



  • Ph.D. University of British Columbia 1986
  • M.A. Honours, University of St. Andrews 1979

Research Areas

  • Historical Geography
  • Expansion of Europe overseas
  • Eastern Canada and northeastern United States
  • American cartography in the early 20th century

Current Research and Writing

  • Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps (Chicago and Washington, D.C.: University of Chicago Press and Library of Congress, forthcoming Spring 2017)
  • Curated Exhibition: The Golden Age of American Pictorial Maps. Osher Map Library, University of Southern Maine, April 2016. 


  • GEO 212/HTY 212: Geography of Maine (Spring 2016)


Awards and Honors

  • University of Maine System Trustee Professor, 2016
  • Maine Literary Award for Excellence in Publishing for Historical Atlas of Maine, Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance2016
  • Globe Award, American Association of Geographers, for Historical Atlas of Maine, 2016
  • Pierre Savard Award, International Council for Canadian Studies for Surveyors of Empire, 2013
  • John Lyman Book Award in the category Naval and Maritime Science and Technology from the North American Society for Oceanic History for Surveyors of Empire, 2012.
  • Publication of the Year Award from Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation for Surveyors of Empire, 2012.
  • Caird Short-term Research Fellowship, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, 2007
  • Regional History Certificate of Merit (Atlantic Canada), 1993, Canadian Historical Association for Nineteenth-Century Cape Breton
  • Commonwealth Scholarship 1979-1984



British Atlantic, American Frontier maps
Maps from Stephen J. Hornsby, British Atlantic, American Frontier: Spaces of Power in Early Modern British America (Hanover, NH: University Press of New England, 2005).


Other Selected Publications

  • ‘Geographies of the British Atlantic World’ in Britain’s Oceanic Empire: Atlantic and Indian Ocean Worlds, c.1550-1850, edited by H.V. Bowen, Elizabeth Mancke, and John G. Reid, 15-44.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • ‘Discovering the Mercantile City in South Asia: The Example of Early Nineteenth-Century Calcutta.’  Journal of Historical Geography 23, 2 (1997): 135-151.
  • ‘The Gilded Age and the Making of Bar Harbor.’  Geographical Review 83, 4 (1993): 455-469.
  • ‘Patterns of Scottish Emigration to Canada, 1750-1870.’  Journal of Historical Geography 18, 4 (1992): 397-417.
  • ‘Staple Trades, Subsistence Agriculture, and Nineteenth-Century Cape Breton Island.’ Annals of the Association of American Geographers 79, 3 (1989): 411-435.