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Personal Statement

Lecturer in Early Modern Maritime and Scottish History.

My research focuses on the interplay between maritime activity and imperial authority within the context of early modern empires, including the subjects of piracy, trade, slavery, maritime law, and coastal communities. I am currently completing my first book, Suppressing Piracy in the Early Eighteenth Century: Pirates, Merchants, and British Imperial Authority (Boydell and Brewer, forthcoming), which is based on my PhD thesis from the University of Strathclyde and focuses on British attempts to suppress piracy in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans in the early eighteenth century.

I am also Co-I on One Ocean Hub, a GCRF-funded transdisiciplinary project focusing on integrated and inclusive oceanic governance. My project focuses on providing an historical perspective on oceanic governance in Ghana and the Solomon Islands between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries. Placing the ocean at the centre of this research, and viewing these regions within the wider framework of empire and colonisation, my work explores how control over coastal regions and local connections with the sea changed as African, European, and Solomon Island polities vied for control over littoral spaces, often for commercial or political gain. I am interested in how oceanic governance was viewed, applied, and contested in localities and how this, in turn, not only influenced and transformed local engagement and attitudes to the sea, but also influenced the approaches of imperial polities towards coastal jurisdiction.

I am a co-founder of The Problem of Piracy Network, a board member of the Centre for Port and Maritime History (University of Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores University, and the Maritime Museum Liverpool), and a co-opted council member of the Economic and Social History Society of Scotland.

Publications:

  • “Piracy, Patronage and Political Economy: Captain Kidd and the East India Trade,” International Journal of Maritime History, 27:1 (2015): 26-40 (DOI: 10.1177/0843871414566783). 
  • “Protecting Trade by Suppressing Pirates: British Colonial and Metropolitan Responses to Atlantic Piracy, 1716-1726” in David Head (ed.), The Golden Age of Piracy: Readings on the Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates (University of Georgia Press, Georgia, 2018).
  • “From the Caribbean to Craignish: Imperial Authority and Piratical Voyages in the Early-Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Commons,” Itinerario, 42:3 (2018): 430-460 (DOI: 10.1017/S016511531800061X).

Twitter: @calicodiv

Research Interests

I am interested in any aspects of early modern empire and maritime activity, including:

  • Atlantic and Indian Ocean history
  • Caribbean history
  • Piracy and privateering
  • Early modern trade and commercial networks
  • Maritime law and jurisdiction
  • Slavery and the slave trade
  • Scotland and empire
  • Imperial governance and authority
  • Inter-imperial connections and conflict

Teaching Interests

My teaching focuses on maritime activity, colonisation, and empire-building in the early modern period.

I currently teach the following classes -

  • The ‘Westward Enterprise’: Piracy, Trade, and the Emergence of the British Atlantic Empire, 1500-1730 (Year 3 / Hons)
  • Scotland and the Americas in the Seventeenth Century (Hons)
  • Plantations by Land and Sea, 1590-1720 (MSc/PG Diploma in Historical Studies)
  • Palaeography (MSc/PG Diploma in Historical Studies)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde

Master in Science, University Of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Arts, University Of Strathclyde

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eighteenth century Social Sciences
state authority Social Sciences
piracy Social Sciences
seventeenth century Social Sciences
theater Social Sciences
community Social Sciences
Voyager Arts & Humanities
social isolation Social Sciences

Research Output 2015 2018

1 Citation (Scopus)

From the Caribbean to Craignish: imperial authority and piratical voyages in the early eighteenth-century Atlantic commons

Wilson, D., 31 Dec 2018, 42, 3, p. 430-460 31 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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eighteenth century
state authority
piracy
seventeenth century
theater

Protecting trade by suppressing pirates: British colonial and metropolitan responses to Atlantic piracy, 1716-1726

Wilson, D., 15 Jun 2018, The Golden Age of Piracy: Readings on the Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates. Head, D. (ed.). Athens, GA, p. 89-110 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Thesis

Pirates, merchants, and imperial authority in the British Atlantic, 1716-1726

Author: Wilson, D., 1 Oct 2017

Supervisor: (Supervisor)MacInnes, A. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis