Research Output per year
Research Output per year
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.
I am interested in any aspects of early modern empire and maritime activity, including:
My teaching focuses on maritime activity, colonisation, and empire-building in the early modern period.
I currently teach the following classes -
Doctor of Philosophy, University Of Strathclyde
Award Date: 28 Feb 2018
Master in Science, University Of Strathclyde
Award Date: 31 Aug 2013
Bachelor of Arts, University Of Strathclyde
Award Date: 30 Jun 2012
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Supervisor: Cathcart, A. (Supervisor) & MacInnes, A. (Supervisor)
Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis