Associate Professor of History
Professor Dorsey is an authority on Early America, 19th-century U.S. history, the history of gender in the U.S., and U.S. social and cultural history. His research has focused on reform, abolitionist movements, evangelical and Quaker religious history, masculinity, and American popular culture.
He is the author of Reforming Men and Women: Gender in the Antebellum City (Cornell University Press, 2002), which was awarded the Philip S. Klein Prize by the Pennsylvania Historical Association. His most recent work, a two-volume primary-source reader in U.S. history for Houghton Mifflin Company, the first devoted entirely to documents on the cultural history of America, entitled Crosscurrents in American Culture, was published in 2008. His next book, Murder in a Mill Town, is based on a course he teaches at Swarthmore; it examines the records of an 1833 murder trial to teach the social, cultural, and religious history of industrialization in the early American republic.
Professor Dorsey received his B.A. from Biola University and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Brown University.