Faculty and Speakers

Dr. Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, is an accomplished Melville scholar. Her books include Cannibal Old Me (2009), Herman Melville’s Whaling Years (2004), and Melville’s Sources (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 (1998) and The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail, Harvard Univ. Press, 2012.

Dr. James T. Carlton, Professor, Williams College, and Director of the Williams – Mystic Maritime Studies Program, studies the history and biogeography of introduced marine species. In addition to writing scores of articles, 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 is editor of the prize-winning, four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History.

Dr. John Odin Jensen, Maritime Studies Faculty, Sea Education Association, was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for many years, and is an active marine archeologist. His scholarship concentrates on Great Lakes and riverine mariners. He co-authored Fishing Out of Stonington.

Dr. Timothy Lynch, Chair of the Department of Maritime Policy and Management at the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus of the California State University system, where he teaches courses in maritime history. He has published widely in the field of West Coast maritime history, with a focus on issues of race, class, and gender in the maritime world. His most recent work, Beyond the Golden Gate: A Maritime History of California, was published by the National Park Service in 2012.

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. 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.

Dr. Daniel Vickers, Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of British Columbia, won several awards for his Farmers and Fishermen: Two Centuries of Work in Essex County, MA (Univ. of N. Carolina Press, 1994) and Young Men and the Sea, (Yale Univ. Press, 2007).