Dr. Liesch is a Professor of Geography at Central Michigan University.
- Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
- American Geographical Society
- Association of American Geographers
- Michigan Association of Planning, American Planning Association
- 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
- Cultural Geography
- Economic Geography
- Historical Geography
- Human - Environmental Interactions
- Cultural Geography
- Vernacular Landscapes
- Rural Economic Development
- Geographic Methods
- Environmental History
- Great Lakes Issues
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.
- Forthcoming in Dec 2019, Eva Lema, Matthew Liesch, and Marcello Graziano. "Pathways for Resilience in Legacy Cities" in Routledge Handbook of Urban Resilience.
- Marcello Graziano, Karen Alexander, Matthew Liesch, Eva Lema, and Jose Torres. "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.
Liesch, 2016, "Creating Keweenaw: Parkmaking as Response to Post-Mining Economic Decline."
Extractive Industries and Society. 3 (2): 527-538.
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.
Liesch, 2015. "Contesting Keweenaw: Competing Visions of Landscape Aesthetics at Keweenaw National Historical Park."
Journal of Cultural Geography, 32 (3).
Liesch, 2014. "Spatial Boundaries and Industrial Landscapes at Keweenaw National Historical Park."
Extractive Industries and Society, 1 (2): 303-311.
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.
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.
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.
Liesch, 2007. "Civic Boosterism, Community and Cultural Landscape: Representing the Gogebic Iron Range, 1886."
Wisconsin Geographer. 22(1): 27-39.
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).