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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. 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. 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. 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. Matthew McKenzie, 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. 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. 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. Nancy Shoemaker, Professor of History, the University of Connecticut, has written extensively on Native Americans and the maritime environment. She recently has authored Native American Whalemen and the World: The Contigency of Race, University of North Carolina Press, (2015) and edited Living with Whales: Documents and Oral Histories of Native New England Whaling History, University of Massachusetts Press, (2014). Her current research is on Americans in 19th-Century Fiji, and the history of Whale Standings on Cape Cod.