Munson Institute Faculty

Faculty and Staff

Co-Directors and Faculty Members

glenn gordinierDr. Glenn S. Gordinier is the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport and serves on the faculty of the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program. His specialty is the early national period. He has co-authored the book Fishing out of Stonington: Voices of the Fishing Families of Stonington, Connecticut and is editor of Gender, Race Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America, and wrote The Rockets’ Red Glare: the War of 1812 and Connecticut.


Dr. Eric Paul Roorda is professor of history at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. His specialty is U.S. foreign relations toward the Caribbean. He is author of Cuba, America and the Sea, and The Dictator Next Door: The Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic

Summer Institute Faculty and Guest 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).


Jim-Carlton-242x320Dr. James T. Carlton, Director Emeritus 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).


bolsterhs2_1Dr. 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 Bancroft award winning The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail.


Hattendorf-20John-20Portrait-2025-20Sep-202013Dr. John B. Hattendorf, Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History, Naval War College, is today’s preeminent scholar on naval and maritime history. He is editor of the prize-winning, four-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History.


0jensenDr. John Odin Jensen, Asst. Professor at Western Florida State University, 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.


McKenzie-Matt-image-v1Dr. Matthew Mckenzie, Assoc. 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 and serves on the N. England Fisheries Management Council.


Rod-MatherDr. 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.


rozwadowski-v1Dr. Helen Rozwadowski, Associate Professor, University of Connecticut, focuses on the history of marine science, and authored Fathoming the Ocean and The Sea knows no Boundaries.



norlingDr. Lisa Norling, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, is a leading authority on women in the maritime community and author of Captain Ahab Had a Wife.



Faculty and guest speakers are subject to change.