Kurt Korneski


Associate Professor


  • Ph.D. Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • B.A. Northern Illinois University


Department of History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Email: kkornesk@mun.ca
Room: HH-1005
Phone: (709) 864-3091

Research Interests

Kurt Korneski’s research interests include the history of capitalism, colonialism, development policy, and environmental history -- particularly as they relate to diplomacy and the social history of fishers, the fishing industry, and fishing communities in northeastern North America. 

Recent Publications


Conflicted Colony: Critical Episodes in Nineteenth-Century Newfoundland and Labrador (Montreal and Kingston 2016).

Race, Nation, and Reform Ideology in Winnipeg, 1880s-1920s (Madison, NJ 2015).


“Planters, Eskimos, and Indians: Race and the Organization of Trade Under the Hudson’s Bay Company in Labrador, 1830-50,” Journal of Social History, 50(Winter 2016), 307-335.

“Development and Diplomacy: The Lobster Controversy on Newfoundland’s French Shore, 1886-1904,” The International History Review, 36(March 2014), 45-69.

“Railways and Rebellion: The ‘Battle of Foxtrap’ Reconsidered,” Newfoundland and Labrador Studies, 28(Spring 2013), 97-116.

“Development and Degradation: The Emergence and Collapse of the Lobster Fishery on Newfoundland’s West Coast, 1856-1924,” Acadiensis, XLI, 1 (Winter/Spring 2012), 21-48.

with Reade Davis, “In a Pinch: Snow Crab and the Politics of Crisis in Newfoundland,” Labour/Le Travail, 69(Spring 2012), 119-45.

“Minnie J.B. Campbell, Reform, and Empire,” in Gerald Friesen and Esyllt
Jones, eds., Prairie Metropolis: New Essays on Winnipeg Social history (Winnipeg 2009), 18-43.

“Race, Gender, Class, and Colonial Nationalism: Railways and Development in
Newfoundland, 1881-1898,” Labour/Le Travail, 62(Fall 2008), 58-72.