About Me

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About me:

My name is Jamie Goodall and I am a staff historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History in Washington, D.C. All views expressed on my website are my own and are not reflective of my employer, the U.S. Army, or the Department of Defense. I also teach at Southern New Hampshire University in their online program.

I am the author of Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: From the Colonial Era to the Oyster Wars (The History Press, 2020) and National Geographic’s Pirates: Shipwrecks, Conquests, and their Lasting Legacy (Summer 2021). I am currently under contract with The History Press to produce a monograph on piracy in the mid-Atlantic due out in 2022. And I’ve contracted with The History Press to produce a biographical account of the pirate Black Sam Bellamy due out in 2023.

Formerly I was Assistant Professor of History at Stevenson University in Baltimore, Maryland where I taught 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.


My doctoral dissertation examined the ways in which taste making and material culture developed in Caribbean islands via informal commercial networks among pirates, smugglers, merchants, government officials, and residents of the seventeenth and eighteenth century Atlantic world.

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 from The Ohio State in May 2016.


I wear many hats. 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 now at Southern New Hampshire University. And for four years I taught undergraduate history courses of all kinds at Stevenson University in Baltimore, MD. My experience includes online teaching, the classroom environment, and hybrid-learning that combines the two. I also volunteer for the organization GlobalMaritimeHistory.com. And I’ve been a consultant for National Geographic television programs, such as Appetite for Adventure.

Additionally, I served as a reviewer for both the 2021 Harriet Tubman Prize Reader’s Committee and the Discovery Grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities. And I have helped MarineLives.org with transcriptions of the High Court of Admiralty records as part of a massive digitization effort. My other professional development includes serving as a freelance editor/academic consultant for McGraw-Hill Education, contributor to the online textbook The American Yawp, subject matter expert for Cengage Learning, and as a judge for the Maryland State finals of the American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Contest. I have published book reviews for various organizations and a digital exhibition review for HASTAC.

You’ll often find me presenting my work at regional, national, and international conferences. Past presentations include the 2021 American Historical Association Annual Meeting, the 2020 Annual CLAH/AHA Meeting, 25th Annual Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture Conference, New York University Atlantic Workshop, and 49th Annual Association of Caribbean Historians Meeting, among others.

I have been interviewed for numerous podcasts, news segments, and have given a variety of talks to diverse groups.


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 mutt. I am adept at cleaning the entire house in under an hour and navigating any coffee shop’s menu with ease. 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!

I  can be found on Twitter and Instagram (both handles are the same): @L_Historienne

You can also find me at the Maryland and Virginia Renaissance Festival dressed as my alter ego: Torienne, Ship’s Scholar of the crew Mare Nostrum! I drink and I know things.

Torienne, Ship’s Scholar of Mare Nostrum
Torienne, Outfit #2
Alt Identity


  • Tim B


    I was inspired to write by your blog on mental illness. I had PTSD when I was in the Forces combined with Panic and Anxiety attacks. I overcame them all, Mindfulness was a key driver, which is why I now sit as a trustee of the Oxford Mindfulness Trust. I now mentor people with anxiety and panic as well as PTSD and GAD. I’m reaching out if you need it! Live life and battle hard! Tim

  • Emanuel

    A lecture you’re making of gender and 1960s activism is on c-span. a question came up about why they’re apparel of jeans took a trend over the Sunday best apparel wear. I couldn’t help but noticed a book I recently picked up on “The Confederate Nation” by Emory M. Thomas. The first chapters speak about the cultural impact that gave way to the confederacy. It’s main points were far from be the “lazy south”. Many aristocratic families preferred the finer things of daily life. Land holders wanted congressional autonomy. Farmers wanted to be considered land-holding aristocrats. Also added how not only slave owners were identified as part of the “cultural renaissance” .but land owners, farmers, laborers, and slaves. Perhaps the reason why jeans were a choice of appearance for the SNCC. Is due to the cultural impact the south had while it identified itself as the “ante-bellum” of living. It’s Greek like aspirations to be a Democratic society. while land-holding and driving the laboring of slaves. Perhaps I wrote all of this incorrectly. And none of what I said have anything to do with your topic. I just thought maybe to the civil rights movement. the southern states still held on to the southern belle outlook it made a legend of. I live in the south its never brought up as a dinner topic. English is not my first language as well. But I just started reading this book and it struck me when you’re class were giving their take.

    • Jamie Goodall

      Hi Emanuel,

      Thanks for sharing and thanks for watching my lecture! I love to hear other people’s thoughts on the subjects I teach in my classes. I’ll have to take a look at the book you mentioned by Emory Thomas as I don’t believe I’ve read it before.



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