Matthew Liesch
Associate Professor
Department of Geography & Environmental Studies
Institute for Great Lakes Research

Cultural & Historical Geography, Land Use and Development, Landscape Studies, Parks & Protected Areas, Environmental History, United States & Canada
Dow Science Complex 277
989-774-1205



Dr. Liesch is a Professor of Geography at Central Michigan University.

Education

  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geographical Society
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Michigan Association of Planning, American Planning Association

Awards

  • 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
  • Human - Environmental Interactions

Research Fields

  • Cultural Geography
  • Vernacular Landscapes
  • Rural Economic Development
  • Geographic Methods
  • Environmental History
  • Great Lakes Issues

Publications

  • Benjamin W. Heumann, Matthew E. Liesch, Nicholas R. Bogen, Ryan A. Meier & Marcello Graziano, 2020. “The contiguous United States in eleven zip codes: identifying and mapping socio-economic census data clusters and exemplars using affinity propagation.” Journal of Maps, 16(1): 57-67.
  • Eva Lema, Matthew Liesch, and Marcello Graziano, 2019. "Pathways for Resilience in Legacy Cities" in Michael A. Burayidi, Adriana Allen, John Twigg, and Christine Wamsler, eds. Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience, 272-297. London: Routledge.
  • Marcello Graziano, Karen Alexander, Matthew Liesch, Eva Lema, and Jose Torres, 2019. "Understanding an Emerging Economic Discourse Through Regional Analysis: Blue Economy Clusters in the U.S. Great Lakes Basin." Applied Geography, 105(1): 111-123.
  • Robert J. Legg, Robert R. Regis, John M. Lambert, Matthew Liesch, and Charles B. Travis, 2017. “Geoarchaeological modeling of late Paleoindian site locations in the northwestern Great Lakes.” PaleoAmerica, 3 (2):150-160.
  • Hoehun Ha, Benjamin W. Heumann, Matthew Liesch, and Xiao Guang Wang, 2016, Modeling Potential Conservation Easement Locations using Physical and Socio-economic Factors: A case-study from Southeast Michigan. Applied Geography, 75: 104-115.
  • Matthew Liesch, 2016, "Creating Keweenaw: Parkmaking as Response to Post-Mining Economic Decline." Extractive Industries and Society.​ 3 (2): 527-538.
  • 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 (5): 188-196. ​
  • 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, Social and Cultural Geography, IA: The Journal for the Society of Industrial Archaeology, and other journals.