Katherine Morrissey

About Katherine Morrissey

As associate professor of history, I research, teach and publish in the related areas of culturalenvironmentalborderlands/Southwest and north American West history. I pursue my interdisciplinary interests as a faculty affiliate of Arid Lands Resource Sciences (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program), Gender and Women's Studies DepartmentGlobal Change (Graduate Interdisciplinary Program), Institute of the Environment, and the Southwest Land, Culture and Society Program (Anthropology).

Areas of Study

United States History, North American West, Environmental and Cultural History

Selected Publications

Border Spaces: Visualizing the US-Mexico Frontera, co-edited with John-Michael Warner (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018)
     "Border Dynamics: Visible Meanings along the U.S.-Mexico Line,” with John-Michael Warner, pp. 3-19;
     "Monuments, Photographs and Maps: Visualizing the U.S.-Mexico Border in the 1890s,” pp. 39-65.

Co-editor, Special Issue, The Desert in Environmental History, with Andrew Isenberg and Louis Warren, Global Environment (March 2019)
     "Imperial Deserts," with Andrew Isenberg and Louis Warren
     "Global Imaginary of Arid Lands: Early 20th-century United States Botanists in Africa"

The View from Tumamoc Hill 

“Traces and Representations of the U.S.-Mexico Frontera,” Pacific Historical Review 87 (Winter 2018): 150-172.

“Los impactos ambientales de la minería del cobre durante el Momento de Swansea en el siglo XIX” [“Environmental Impacts of the Swansea Moment,”] Revista de Historia Social y de las Metalidades 21 (2017): 33-53.

Research Interests

As a cultural historian of the North American West, I use my interdisciplinary training in American Studies to study the complexities involved in the modern cultural transformations of this diverse region from the late 19th through the 20th century. In my scholarship I employ analytical approaches from cultural studies, environmental history and gender studies, to explore the historical interplay between material practices and mental constructions. In particular studies, I explore how sets of ideas and meanings reciprocally shape, and are shaped by, material circumstances at the local and regional levels.

Visual Legacies: Reimagining the US/Mexico Borderlands, book manuscript

Guest Editor, Special Issue, “State of the Field: Arizona History,” Journal of Arizona History (Fall 2020)

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Contact Information

Katherine Morrissey
Associate Professor
Telephone: 520 626-8429
Office: CHVZ 330
Office Hours: T 11AM - 12:30PM, W 10AM - 12:30PM (Spring 2019)
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Us

Department of History
César E. Chávez Bldg.
Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email: history@email.arizona.edu
Tel: (520) 621-1586
Fax: (520) 621-2422