I am a historian of early modern piracy, Colonial America, the Atlantic World, and maritime history. I earned my PhD from King’s College London in 2017. My dissertation, entitled: “The Crimes of Piracy and its Punishment: The Performance of Maritime Supremacy in the British Atlantic World, 1670 – 1830,” examines British maritime and legal supremacy in its early American colonies in regards to maritime piracy. I use the public executions of pirates in London and the Americas as my narrative to see how the colonists reacted to increased legal restrictions by British authorities, which ultimately led to new ideas of autonomy.
My other research interests include Colonial American history, legal history in the Americas, settler societies, polite society, crime, punishments, and death in the early modern world.
I am currently working on a book called Why We Love Pirates, which will be out in 2020. I also have two other projects under contract about Anne Bonny and Mary Read and life and society on the pirate ship. They will be out in 2022 and 2023.
I have appeared on podcasts such as You’re Dead To Me hosted by Greg Jenner, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness and Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher. I have written about my research for various blogs and History Today, which can be found here. I have also had a media appearance on the BBC4 documentary, “Britain’s Outlaws: Highwaymen, Pirates and Rogues”. In this program I discussed the public execution of the pirate, Captain Kidd, at Execution Dock in London with the historian, Sam Willis. I also consult for history-based television shows. In 2020 I will be featured in televisions shows on the History Channel.
My professional interests lie in the symbiotic relationship between history and media. I have a passion for historical film and I believe that pretty much any historical film or television show has something to offer. I find it fascinating to examine how films shape our perceptions of history for better or worse. I will be using this blog to review historical media productions about the history of piracy, observations about the importance of public history, and general musings.
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