Faculty and Speakers

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, is an accomplished Melville Scholar.  Her books include Cannibal Old Me Kent State Univ. Press, (2009), Herman Melville’s Whaling Years Vanderbilt Univ. Press, (2004), and Melville’s Sources, Northwesterm Univ. Press, (1987).

Dr. Jeffrey Bolster, Professor, University of New Hampshire, studies the ways anthropogenic changes to the sea have influenced human society. He wrote Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail (Harvard Univ. Press,(1998) and The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, Harvard Univ. Press, 2012.

Dr. James T. Carlton, Emeritus Professor, Williams College, and retired Director of the Williams–Mystic Maritime Studies Program, studies the history and biogeography of introduced marine species. He recently co-authored In the Wrong Place – Alien Marine Crustaceans(2011).

Dr. John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, Naval War College, is today’s preeminent scholar on naval and maritime history. He has penned more than 40 books, and eidted the prize-winning, four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, (2007).

Dr. John Odin Jensen, Assistant Professor, University of West Florida, was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for many years, and is an historian and marine archeologist focusing on relationships between people and the inland waterways, coastal areas, and oceans.  He co-authored Fishing Out of Stonington Mystic Seaport Museum, (2004).

Dr. Christine Keiner, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, examines the history of ecology and biology, U. S. environmental politics and the relations between science and politics.  She authored The Oyster Question: Scientists, Watermen, and the Maryland Chesapeake Bay since 1880, University of Georgia Press, (2010).

Dr. Matthew Mackenzie, Assistant Professor of History, University of Connecticut, whose work concerns the cultural and historical roles of the fishing industry in New England. He authored Clearing the Coastline: The 19th Century Ecological and Cultural Transformation of Cape Cod, University Press of New England, (2010).

Dr. I. Roderick Mather, Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island, specializes in the Anglo-Atlantic world, and along with Dr. Jensen is an experienced marine archeologist. He co-edits Historical Archeology.

Dr. Lisa Norling, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, is a leading authority on women in the maritime community co-editing Iron Men and Wooden Women: Gender & Seafaring and the Atlantic World, 1700-1920, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, (1996) and author of the award-winning Captain Ahab Had a Wife, University of North Carolina Press (2000).

Dr. Christopher Pastore, Assistant Professor, University at Albany – SUNY, is a social and cultural historian with a particular interest in the human dimensions of environmental change.  He has written Temple to the Wind, Lyons Press, (2005), and Between Land and Sea: the Atlantic Coast and the Tranformation of New England, Harvard university Press (2014).

Dr. Marcus Rediker, Professor and Chair of the History Department, University of Pittsburgh, prize-winning author whose works include The Amistad Rebellion: an Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom, Viking (2012); The Slave Ship: a Human History, Viking, (2007); and Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, Cambridge Univ. Press, (1987).

Dr. Helen Rozwadowski, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, focuses on the history of marine science, coordinates UConn’s four-year Maritime Studies Program, and authored The Sea Knows No Boundaries: A Century of Marine Science Under ICES, University of Washington Press, (2002) and Fathoming the Ocean, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, (2005).