Kurk Dorsey

Department Chair, History

Phone: (603) 862-3022
Office: History, Horton Social Science Center Rm 423B, Durham, NH 03824
Kristin Raymond


  • Ph.D., History, Yale University
  • M.A., History, Northwestern University
  • B.A., History, Cornell University
  • B.A., Biology, Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Environmental history
  • History of Canada
  • US Foreign Policy

Courses Taught

  • HIST 406: History of Modern US
  • HIST 618/818: American Environmental History
  • HIST 619/819: Foreign Relations of the US
  • HIST 620/820: Foreign Relations of the US
  • HIST 695: Independent Study
  • HIST 990: Research Sem Modern Amer Hist
  • HIST 999: Doctoral Research
  • JUST 602: Research Internship

Selected Publications

Dorsey, K. (2013). Whales and Nations Environmental Diplomacy on the High Seas. University of Washington Press.

Dorsey, K. (2013). National Sovereignty, the International Whaling Commission, and the Save the Whales Movement. In Nation-States and the Global Environment New Approaches to International Environmental History. Oxford University Press.

Dorsey, K. (2010). The Dawn of Conservation Diplomacy U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Treaties in the Progressive Era. University of Washington Press.

Diefendorf, J. M., & Dorsey, K. (2009). City, Country, Empire Landscapes in Environmental History. University of Pittsburgh Press.

dorsey, K. (2005). Dealing with the Dinosaur (and Its Swamp): Putting the Environment in Diplomatic History*. Diplomatic History, 29(4), 573-587. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7709.2005.00507.x

DORSEY, K. (1995). Scientists, Citizens, and Statesmen: U.S.-Canadian Wildlife Protection Treaties in the Progressive Era. Diplomatic History, 19(3), 407-430. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7709.1995.tb00641.x