Bruce Dorsey teaches courses in U.S. history, ranging from the American Revolution and the American Civil War, to thematic courses such as Murder in a Mill Town, History of Manhood in America, and Radicals and Reformers in America. Professor Dorsey's teaching and research interests are focused on early America, the history of gender, and U.S. cultural history.
His first book, Reforming Men and Women: Gender in the Antebellum City (Cornell University Press, 2002), was awarded the Philip S. Klein Prize by the Pennsylvania Historical Association. He recently completed a two-volume primary-source reader in U.S. history, devoted entirely to documents on the cultural history of America, entitled Crosscurrents in American Culture (Houghton Mifflin, 2009). He is currently working on a book entitled, Murder in a Mill Town: A Cultural History of the New Nation, based on on the 1833 murder trial of Methodist minister, Ephraim K. Avery, accused of murdering a female factory worker.