Campus: Waterloo
Office: HH108
Email: dpgorman@uwaterloo.ca

I am interested in the history of the British Empire (19th and 20th
centuries), modern Britain, and the history of global governance. Within
these areas, I concentrate mainly on political and intellectual history,
though I am also interested in cultural history. I am currently working
on two projects, both concerning the role of ideas as agents of global
change in the 20th century. The first is a study of the emergence of the
“international community” in the interwar years, with a particular focus
on the era’s many experiments in international governance. A second
project concerns the history of global intellectual property rights,
with a focus on the emergence of the World Intellectual Property
Organization.

Publications include:

  • Imperial Citizenship: Empire and the Question of Who Belongs.
    (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)
  • “Empire, Internationalism, and the Campaign against the Traffic in Women
    and Children in the 1920s,” Twentieth Century British History, 19, 1,
    March 2008.
  • “Freedom of the Ether or the Electromagnetic Commons?: Globality, the
    Public Interest, and the Multilateral Radio Negotiations in the 1920s
    and 1930s,” Globalization, Autonomy and World History: Imperialism,
    Capitalism, Technology
    , Steven Streeter, John Weaver, William Coleman,
    eds. Vol. I of Globalization and Autonomy: Dialectical Relationships
    Shaping the Contemporary World
    . Vancouver: UBC Press. (forthcoming)
  • “Globalization and the Intellectual Property Paradox,” Property Rights,
    Contestation, Autonomy
    , John Weaver and William Coleman, eds. Vol. II
    of Globalization and Autonomy: Dialectical Relationships Shaping the
    Contemporary World
    . Vancouver: UBC Press. (forthcoming)
  • “Liberal Internationalism, the League of Nations Union, and the Mandates
    System,” Canadian Journal of History, XL, Dec. 2005, 449-477.
  • “Less Than Equal: African Soldiers and The First World War” in Personal
    Perspectives: World War I
    , Timothy Dowling, ed. (Santa Barbara:
    ABC-Clio, 2005), 51-72.
  • “The Experience of Commonwealth and Colonial Soldiers in World War II,”
    in Personal Perspectives: World War II, Timothy Dowling, ed. (Santa
    Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2005), 147-174.