Matthew E. Liesch
Matthew E. LieschAssistant Professor
Human Geography
Dow Science Complex 284

Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
Professional Affiliations
  • American Geographical Society
  • American Society for Environmental History 
  • Association of American Geographers​
  • 2009-10: Whitbeck Graduate Dissertator Fellowship, UW Geography Department
  • 2008: Trewartha Graduate Research Award, UW Geography Department
  • 2006: Association of American Geographers, Historical Geography Specialty Group Student Research Award, Master’s Level
  • 2006: Michigan Technological University Copper Country Archives Travel Award
Teaching Areas
Cultural Geography, Economic Geography, Historical Geography
Research Fields
Cultural Geography, Vernacular Landscapes, Rural Economic Development, Geographic Methods, Environmental History, Great Lakes Issues
​​Selected Publications
  • Forthcoming, Matthew Liesch, Linda M. Dunklee, Robert J. Legg, Anthony D. Feig, and Austin Jena Krause, 2015. "Use of Business Naming Practices to Delineate Vernacular Regions: A Michigan Example." Journal of Geography, 114.
  • Forthcoming, Matthew Liesch, 2015. "Contesting Keweenaw: Competing Visions of Landscape Aesthetics at Keweenaw National Historical Park." Journal of Cultural Geography, 32 (3).
  • Matthew Liesch, 2014. "Spatial Boundaries and Industrial Landscapes at Keweenaw National Historical Park." Extractive Industries and Society, 1 (2): 303-311.
  • Matthew Liesch, 2011. "People, Partnerships, Parks: Community Conceptions of Keweenaw National Historical Park." Geographical Review, 101 (4): 497-517.
  • Robert F. Sasso, Matthew Liesch, and Derek Rivers, 2011. "GIS Analysis of Potawatomi Site Characteristics." Wisconsin Archaeologist, 92 (1): 45-61.
  • Matthew Liesch, 2010. Entries on "Mapping and Surveying," "United States Midwest" and "Built Environment" for the Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, in Volumes 1, 3, 4.
  • Matthew Liesch, 2008. "A Region of Hope, A Region of Despair: Print Media, Geographical Imagination, and the Gogebic Mining Boom."Historical Geography. 36(1): 182-207.
  • Matthew Liesch, 2007. "Civic Boosterism, Community and Cultural Landscape: Representing the Gogebic Iron Range, 1886." Wisconsin Geographer. 22(1): 27-39.
  • Matt Liesch and Joy Wolf. 2002. "A Comparison of Pine Structure Between Northern and Southern Sites in Wisconsin." Proceedings of the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. 16(1).

Dr. Liesch has also authored book reviews in Professional Geographer, Historical Geography, Journal of Cultural Geography, Cultural Geographies, and other journals.