My name is Jamie Goodall and I am Assistant Professor of History and Assistant Archivist at Stevenson University in Stevenson, Maryland. I teach courses on a wide variety of historical subjects, including American and World History surveys, Intro to Public History, and Pirates of the Caribbean among many others.
I wish I could remember the exact moment I decided to enter the historical profession, but the truth is, a love of history has been with me since before I can remember. I recall mentally devouring my mother’s old Time Life books on ancient Egypt and Rome. As fond as I am of the fiction genre, I was always that weird kid whose nose was stuck in a non-fiction book–and it was usually a history book. It was a long and windy road that brought me to the PhD in history, but history has been the underlying theme of everything I’ve done.
Academically: I am currently revising my dissertation into a monograph that examines the development of informal commercial networks among pirates, smugglers, merchants, government officials, and residents of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Atlantic world. My dissertation is titled “‘Navigating the Atlantic World: Piracy, Illicit Trade, and the Construction of Commercial Networks, 1650-1791″ and was supervised by Drs. Margaret Newell, John Brooke, and David Staley at The Ohio State University. I received my B.A. in Archaeology and my M.A. in Public History-Museum Studies from Appalachian State University (Boone, North Carolina) in 2008 and 2010 respectively. I received my PhD in May 2016.
Professionally: I wear many hats. In addition to my current responsibilities at Stevenson University, I taught American History courses at The Ohio State University while earning the PhD. I also have experience teaching post-1945 World History, which I did in my short tenure as a Visiting Professor at DeVry University and at Southern New Hampshire University. My experience includes online teaching, the classroom environment, and hybrid-learning that combines the two. I also serve as the Book Reviews Editor and U.S. outreach representative for the organization BritishNavalHistory.com. Additionally, I have helped MarineLives.org with transcriptions of the High Court of Admiralty records as part of a massive digitization effort. Other professional development includes serving as a referee editor for the Southern Historian: A Journal of Southern History (2010), Diversity Chair Representative for The Ohio State’s Department of History Graduate Student Advisory Committee (2011), Freelance Editor/Contributor for institutions like McGraw-Hill Education, Cengage Learning, and Gale (WiseWire), and Contributor to the online textbook, The American Yawp. I have also published numerous book reviews and presented at many regional and national conferences including the Hakluyt Society Conference on Maritime Studies, 38th Annual Economic and Business History Society Conference, 2013 Mid-Atlantic Conference on British Studies, and the 17th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Conference, among others.
Personally: I grew up a Navy brat before my father settled us in North Carolina. The military lifestyle we had for some years instilled in me a perpetual case of wanderlust. I cannot travel enough! My heart belongs to my three beautiful puppy dogs: Thomas Jefferson and his brother John Tyler, both pure bred boxers; and my dearly departed Laddie, who was an eleven year old curmudgeon (mutt). I am adept at cleaning the entire house in under an hour and navigating any coffee shop’s menu with ease. I’m certain it’s coffee, not blood, flowing through my veins. I enjoy being crafty (jewelry making, painting, designing, etc), taking photographs, reading, and writing. My passions include tattoos, history, teaching, crime novels, sunshine, the ocean, and–of course–pirates. I consider myself a connoisseur of the three B’s: books, booze, and beaches!