Great Lakes History Research Group

Old image of a port in the Greak LakesTerritory Acknowledgement: The University of Windsor sits on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprised of the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi. It also sits on a tract of land once occupied by the Huron/Wyandot.

About the Group

The Great Lakes History Research Group formerly known as the Detroit River Region Research Group, was founded in 2021. It grew out of research and teaching collaborations between the University of Windsor and Wayne State University. Its main objective is to encourage cross-border research initiatives on a wide range of topics relating to the Great Lakes region, primarily (but not exclusively) from a historical perspective.

The group aims to echo and complement the activities of other major research initiatives already in place at the University of Windsor, including the Black Studies Institute, the Cross-Border Institute, the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research, the Windsor Law Centre for Cities, and the Humanities Research Group.

To promote and support research projects, the group works closely with the University of Windsor’s Office of Research and Innovation Services, as well as with various community partners on both sides of the border.

Since its inception, the group has been the locus of place-based research showcasing student and faculty research as well as community conversations. The Annual Borderlands Stories Student Conference (organized since 2017) is held every spring under the aegis of the group, bringing together student scholars from several universities. Through the pandemic, the group brought together community scholars to present their research via Zoom, furthering local histories. The group will be restarting its annual research workshops which offer faculty from across the region to exchange and work on their scholarship with feedback from their colleagues as well as create a community.

As the Great Lakes History Research Group, we are expanding the spatial, temporal, and disciplinary focus of our group, welcoming scholars and citizens across organizations and entities in the region to promote greater collaborations to better understand our collective past holistically and with humility.


Co-Directors: Ramya Swayamprakash (Grand Valley State University) and Guillaume Teasdale (University of Windsor).

Affiliated Researchers: Camden Burd (Eastern Illinois University), Patrick Cooper-McCann (Wayne State University), Joseph Gagné (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec), Sarah Glassford (University of Windsor), María Esther Hammack (Ohio State University), Christine Hwang (University of Michigan), Thomas Klug (University of Detroit Mercy), Don Lafreniere (Michigan Technological University), Daniel W. Macfarlane (Western Michigan University), Emily Macgillivray (Northland College), Karen L. Marrero (Wayne State University), Robert Nelson (University of Windsor), Ghislain Potriquet (Université de Strasbourg), Thomas Provost (University of Detroit Mercy), Jonathan Quint (University of Michigan), Sara Chapman Williams (Oakland University), and Miriam Wright (University of Windsor).

Affiliated High School Teachers: Geneviève Chevalier (École secondaire catholique l’Essor, Ontario).


For more information on the Great Lakes History Research Group, please contact Guillaume Teasdale at

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To donate to the group, please contact Camille Armour Ross, Major Gift Officer for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, at