- Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS
- Director. Historical Environments Spatial Analytics Lab
- Director, Geospatial Research Core Facility
- PhD, Geography, University of Western Ontario
- BS, History, Eastern Michigan University
- BS, Geography, Eastern Michigan University
Links of Interest
- Environmental Change and Life Course Epidemiology
- Urban Environments and Population Health
- Applications of GIS for Historical Research
- Qualitative GIS
- Deindustrialization and Shrinking Cities
- Time-Space Integration and Modeling in GIS
- Demography and Historical Record Linkage
- Sense of Place and Neighborhood Construction
Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
- Sadler. R, and Lafreniere D. 2017. You are where you live: Methodological challenges to measuring children’s exposure to hazards. Journal of Children and Poverty.
- Salder. R, and Lafreniere, D. 2017. Racist Housing Practices as a Precursor to Uneven Neighborhood Change in a Post-Industrial City. Housing Studies, Vol. 32, no. 2: 186-208
- Baeten. J, Langston, N, and Lafreniere, D. 2016. A Geospatial Approach to Uncovering the Hidden Waste Footprint of Lake Superior's Mesabi Iron Range. The Extractive Industries and Society, Vol. 3, no. 4: 1031-1045
- Van Allen, N. and Lafreniere, D. 2016 Rebuilding the Landscape of the Rural Post Office: A Geospatial Analysis of 19th Century Postal Space and Networks. Rural Landscapes: Society, Environment, History, Vol. 3, no. 1: 2, 1-19
- Oiamo, T., Lafreniere, D., and Parr, J. 2016 “The Making of a Key North American Environment of Mobility: the Windsor-Detroit Borderland.” In Colin Coates, Jay Young, and Ben Bradley, eds., Moving Natures: Mobility and the Environment in Canadian History. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 175-198
- Lafreniere, D. and Gilliland, J. 2015. All the World's a Stage: A GIS Framework for Recreating Personal Time-Space from Qualitative and Quantitative Sources. Transactions in GIS, Vol. 19, no. 2: 225-246.
- Dunae, P., Lafreniere, D., Gilliland, J., and Lutz, J. 2013. Dwelling Places, Social Spaces: Revealing the Environments of Urban Workers in Victoria using Historical GIS. Labour/Le Travail, Vol. 72: 37-73.
- Ridge, M., Lafreniere, D., and Nesbit, S. 2013. Creating Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives through Design. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, Vol. 7: 176-189.
- Lutz, J., Dunae, P., Gilliland, J., Lafreniere, D., and Harvey, M. 2013. “Turning Space Inside Out: Spatial History and Race in Victorian Victoria.” In Jennifer Bonnell and Marcel Fortin, eds., Historical GIS Research in Canada. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 1-26.
- Dunae, P., Lutz, J., Lafreniere, D., and Gilliland, J. 2011. Making the Inscrutable, Scrutable: Race and Space in Victoria’s Chinatown, 1891. B.C. Studies, no. 169: 51-80.
- Lafreniere, D., and Rivet, D. 2010. Rescaling the Past through Mosaic Historical Cartography. Journal of Maps, Vol. 6, no. 1: 417-422.
- Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure (aka- Keweenaw Time Traveler), National Endowment for the Humanities, $259,882 2016-2019
- Nouveaux regards sur l'occupation du continent nord-américain par la population canadienne-française 1760-1914 (New Perspectives on the Occupation of the North American Continent by French-Canadians 1760-1914), Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Co-Pi $197,500 2016-2018
- Community Participatory Research in Children’s Geographies and Health: Informal STEM Research and Education using Geospatial Technologies, MTU REF Research Seed, $18,000 2017-2018
- GRACE, GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education, NSF-ITEST, $35,572, 2016-2017
- Canadian Historical Geographic Information Systems Partnership, Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Co-Pi $199,608 2015-2017
- Keweenaw HSDI, MTU REF Research Seed, $17,000 2015-2016
- Global Issues Blended Learning Initiative, Jackson Center for Teaching and Learning Blended Learning Grant- MTU. Co-PI $15,000 2015
- Keweenaw Time Traveler
- Urban Environments, Health, and Social Mobility across the Lifecourse
- Copper Country Historical Spatial Data Infrastructure
- Imag(in)ing London Historical GIS- Qualitative GIS Project
- Canadian Historical GIS Partnership Development
- Race and Space in Victorian Canada
- GRACE Project (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education)
- Urban 19th Century Segregation and Social Interaction
- GIS for Social Sciences
- Introduction to Human Geography
- The Urban Experience
- Building America
- Global Issues
- Advanced GIS Methods
- Advanced GIS Visualization and Cartography
- People, Places, Landscapes
- Deindustrialization and Urban Environments