My doctoral dissertation, combined with my location on the west coast of Newfoundland, drew me into research on the early eighteenth-century settlement history of western Newfoundland, both by French and Irish fishermen as well as by Micmac Indians from Cape Breton Island. I have acquired experti...
My doctoral dissertation, combined with my location on the west coast of Newfoundland, drew me into research on the early eighteenth-century settlement history of western Newfoundland, both by French and Irish fishermen as well as by Micmac Indians from Cape Breton Island. I have acquired expertise on the defence of Newfoundland during the eighteenth century, with particular attention to the problems of piracy and privateering.. My research has received financial support from the Vice-President's Research Fund of Memorial University, the SSHRCC, and the Institute of Economic and Social Research (ISER) at Memorial University. A steady output of publications has ensued from all of this research, most of which were first presented as papers at both national and international conferences. For instance, my investigation into Scottish commercial links with early eighteenth-century Newfoundland led me to organize a 'C' session ("Merchant organization and maritime trade in the North Atlantic, 1660-1815") for the12th Congress of the International Economic History Association, held in August 1998 in Madrid, Spain. Finally, I am a regular contributor to the review pages of a number of scholarly journals and publications.
I teach North Atlantic, Military, and Newfoundland history. My research specialty is eighteenth-century Newfoundland, working on settlement history, piracy, privateering, and the defence of Newfoundland during that period. My most recent research project has been an investigation into early eighteenth-century trade between Scotland and Newfoundland.
I am a regular participant at national and international scholarly conferences. I publish regularly in academic journals, and I review extensively for a variety of publications. I have been elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and belong to several other regional, national, and international professional organizations. I am the Reviews Editor of the International Journal of Maritime History, the refereed publication of the International Maritime Economic History Association, after having served as Reviews Editor for nearly ten years for The Northern Mariner/Le Marin du nord, the quarterly journal of the Canadian Nautical Research Society. I continue to serve on the Editorial Board of the CNRS.