- 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
- Gregory, I., Debats, D., and Lafreniere, D, eds. 2018. The Routledge Companion to Spatial History. London: Routledge, ISBN: 978-1138860148
- Arnold, J., and Lafreniere, D. 2018 Creating a Longitudinal, Data-Driven 3D Model of Change Over Time in a Postindustrial Landscape Using GIS and CityEngine. Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 7, no. 4
- Lutz, J., Lafreniere, D., Harvey, M., Dunae, P., Gilliland, J. 2018 "'A City of White Race Occupies its Place' Kanaka Row, Chinatown, and the Indian Quarter in Victorian Victoria" in Ian Gregory, Don Debats, and Don Lafreniere, eds., The Routledge Companion to Spatial History. London: Routledge, 320-348.
- Lafreniere, D., and Gilliland, J. 2018. Following Workers of the Industrial City across a Decade: Residential, Occupational, and Workplace Mobilities from 1881-1891 in Ian Gregory, Don Debats, and Don Lafreniere, eds., The Routledge Companion to Spatial History. London: Routledge, 299-319.
- Arnold, J., and Lafreniere, D. 2018. The Persistence of Time: Vernacular Preservation of the Postindustrial Landscape. Change Over Time: An International Journal of Conservation and the Built Environment, Vol. 7, no. 2: 114-133.
- Baeten, J., Langston, N., and Lafreniere, D. 2018. A Spatial Evaluation of Historic Iron Mining Impacts on Current Impaired Waters in Lake Superior's Mesabi Range. AMBIO- Journal of the Human Environment, Vol. 47, no. 2: 231-244.
- 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, Vol. 23, no. 2: 189-198.
- Sadler. 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