Katherine Morrissey

Membership:  2018

Member Bio

Katherine G. Morrissey received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She is an associate professor of history at the University of Arizona, where she is also a faculty affiliate of Arid Lands Resources Sciences; Global Change; the Institute of the Environment; and the Southwest Land, Culture, and Society Program. She researches, teaches, and publishes in the related areas of cultural, environmental, borderlands/Southwest, and North American western history. Her work has been supported with grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arizona Humanities Council, and the American Heritage Center among others. She has been a fellow at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the Huntington Library, and the Newberry. In 2015, she helped organize and host the Global Deserts: Environmental History in Arid Lands symposium, sponsored by the Rachel Carson Center in Tucson, Arizona. She is the immediate past president of the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association.


  • “Traces and Representations of the US-Mexico Frontera.” Pacific Historical Review 87 (Forthcoming February 2018).
  • Border Spaces: Visualizing the US-Mexico Frontera, edited by Katherine G. Morrissey and John-Michael Warner. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2018.
  • “Los impactos ambientales de la minería del cobre durante el Momento de Swansea en el siglo XIX.” Revista de Historia Social y de las Metalidades 21 (June 2017): 133–53.
  • “Rich Crevices of Inquiry: Mining and Environmental History.” In A Companion in American Environmental History, edited by Douglas Sackman, 394–409. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
  • “Dams and Erosion: Interpretations and Representations of Arizona’s Environment.” In Picturing Arizona: The Photographic Record of the 1930s, edited by Katherine G. Morrissey and Kristen Jensen, 168–86. Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2005.
  • Mental Territories: Mapping the Inland Empire. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997.