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Faculty of Science

School Of Geography & Earth Sciences

Michael Mercier
Michael Mercier

Contact Info

Assistant Professor
General Science Building, Rm 220
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27597
(905) 546-0463
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Summary

Urban historical geography; Geography of health; Urban social geography; Patterns and determinants of childhood mortality; Reconstruction of the social geography of Canadian cities.

My teaching interests are primarily focused in the broad, interdisciplinary field of human geography. I especially enjoy teaching the introductory-level human geography survey courses, which introduce students to the field of human geography, but I also enjoy teaching courses in the many sub-areas of the field, including: urban geography, economic geography, social geography, population and health geography, and historical geography. In addition, while at times more challenging from a student engagement perspective, I appreciate the challenge of teaching our core program methodology courses such as research and field methods. Finally, through teaching some of our general interest (service) courses such as world regional geography, the geographies of globalization, the regional geography of the United States, and the regional geography of Brazil, I get the opportunity to try and engage non-program students in some of what makes human geography so interesting; I truly enjoy this challenge.

There are several other areas within human geography that I would like to someday teach, including cultural geography, political geography, and the geography of urban design and architecture. I am also interested in developing and teaching general interest (service) courses such as the regional geography of Europe and the regional geography of Latin America.

My research interests are focused in two main areas; i) the study of the changing social geographies of Canadian cities, using an historical perspective; and ii) pedagogical studies including the assessment of the effectiveness of teaching and learning methods.

Courses

  • Geog 1HA3 (Course Outline): Human Geography: Society and Culture, (Term One) 2017-18
  • Geog 1HB3 (Course Outline): Human Geography: City and Economy, (Term One), 2017-18
  • Geog 2RW3 (Course Outline): World Regional Geography, (Term One) 2017-18
  • Geog 3MF3 (Course Outline): Human Geography Field Camp, (Term One) 2017-18
  • Geog 4MS3 (Course Outline): Independent Study, (Term One) 2017-18

Publications

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Norton, W. and M. Mercier (2016). Human Geography (9th Edition). Oxford University Press, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada.

Wright, D., and Mercier, M. E. (2008). Introduction. Urban History Review. Vol. 36:2.

Mercier, M. E. (2006). The Social Geography of Childhood Mortality, Toronto, 1901 Urban GeographyVol. 27:2.

Harris, R. and M. E. Mercier. (2005). How Healthy Were the Suburbs? Journal of Urban History Vol. 31:6.

Mercier, M. E. and C. G. Boone. (2002). Economy, Culture and Environment: The Determinants of Infant Mortality in Ottawa, 1901 Journal of Historical Geography Vol. 28:4.

Harris, R. and M. Mercier. (2000). A Test for Geographers: The Geography of Educational Achievement in Toronto and Hamilton, 1997 The Canadian Geographer Vol. 44:3.

Co-Editor (with David Wright). Public Health in the City: Special issue of Urban History Review, Vol. 36:2.

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

School of Geography and Earth Sciences
McMaster University

General Sciences Building, Room 206
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 24535
Email Inquiries:
sges@mcmaster.ca