Kurt Korneski

Photo credit David ClarkeAssistant Professor,
Department of History
Memorial University
Email: kkornesk@mun.ca
Phone: 709 864 3091

Research Interests 

Kurt Korneski’s research interests include the history of imperialism, development policy, and the social and ecological history of fishers, the fishing industry, and fishing communities in northeastern North America. In recent years he has worked on a number of SSHRC funded research initiatives, including the Community University Research for Recovery Alliance and Too Big to Ignore: Global Partnerships for Small Scale Fisheries. He is currently working on the history of the northeastern North American lobster fishery. Photo, courtesy of David Clarke.


 On completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Manitoba in 2006, Korneski returned to Memorial. He has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of History since 2009. He teaches Canadian history, world history, labour and working-class history, and historiography.


  • B.A., Honours, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, 1998.
  • PhD, Memorial University, St. John’s, 2004.

Recent Publications

  • 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.


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