Bruce Dorsey teaches courses in U.S. history, ranging from the American Revolution and the American Civil War to thematic courses such as Remembering History, American Popular Culture, and History of Manhood in America. Professor Dorsey's teaching and research interests are focused on early America, the history of gender and sexuality, 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 Book Prize by the Pennsylvania Historical Association. He co-edited 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. His recent article: “'Making Men What They Should Be’: Male Same-Sex Intimacy and Evangelical Religion in Early Nineteenth-Century New England,” Journal of the History of Sexuality 24 (2015), 345-77, was awarded the LGBT Religious History Award by the LGBT Religious Archives Network.