Jennifer Hull Dorsey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
229 Kiernan Hall
Phone: (518) 783-2319
Dr. Dorsey has been teaching the history of colonial and Revolutionary America and directing the McCormick Center for the Study of the American Revolution since 2008. Dr. Dorsey's research interests are in the history of the early American republic and her scholarship focuses on African American history and labor history. Her first book, Hirelings: African American Workers and Free Labor in Early Maryland will be published by Cornell University Press in the spring of 2011.
Since arriving at Siena College, Dr. Dorsey has taught a number of service-learning courses in which students assist community partners while both studying history and learning the skills of applied history. These courses include "Investigating Ten Broeck," in which students conducted original research related to Ten Broeck Mansion, a Revolutionary-era historic house museum and home of the Albany Country Historical Association. Their work was presented to the Board of Trustees of the Albany County Historical Association and will be used to enhance their educational programming. She also teaches "Making History!," in which students develop interpretive talks about significant individuals buried in the historic Albany Rural Cemetery. The talks are recored in an MP3 format and will be included in a new interactive map of the Albany Rural Cemetery created by students in the Department of Environmental Studies.