I am an expert on golden age piracy, Chesapeake Bay piracy, modern piracy (including the Gulf of Mexico and Somalia), early modern tavern material culture, and early America in general. I am an experienced public speaker and presenter and I am skilled at engaging all kinds of audiences with history. I have spoken to scholarly audiences, public audiences, and everything in between.

As we all grapple with the COVID-19 crisis, I have also been involved with virtual events and I’m comfortable presenting and engaging audiences through all types of technology. If your are interested in a virtual event, please reach out and I’m happy to work with you to create something engaging for your group.

Please contact me if you would like me to speak with your school, group, or association! I am happy to provide a complete CV or references upon request and would welcome the opportunity to design an event that suits your organization’s needs. Below are some of the invited talks I have given.

Speaking Fee

Below are baseline rates and additional fees. I am, however, willing to accept a higher fee if your organization can accommodate. Rates are subject to change.

Lecture Time
30 minute lecture:$250
30 minute lecture + time for Q&A:$350
60 minute lecture:$500
60 minute lecture + time for Q&A:$750
90 minute lecture:$1,000
90 minute lecture + time for Q&A:$1,250
Greater than 90 minutes: Contact me
Keynote lecture:$1,500
Fee for audiences greater than 100 participants:$250
Fee for distances less than 50 miles:$100
Fee for distances greater than 50 miles but less than 100 miles:$200
Fee for distances greater than 100 miles: Contact me

Please note: if you are a non-profit organization and these rates are out of your budget, I am willing to work with you to find a compromise that satisfies both parties.

Invited Lectures

“Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: The Oyster Wars,” Havre de Grace Arts Collective Program, August 22, 2021.

Pirates of the Golden Age, for Piracy and Irregular Threats class at The George Washington University, July 20, 2021.

“The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars,” Historic Sotterley, June 9, 2021. (Virtual)

“The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars,” Virginia Beach Power and Sail, June 9, 2021. (Virtual)

“From Profit to Plunder: A Tale of Chesapeake Bay Piracy,” MA Naval History Program, University of Portsmouth, May 20, 2021.

Piracy Q & A, History 371: Topics in Atlantic History: The Early Modern Pirate in Fact and Fiction, Dr. Ignacio Gallup-Diaz, Bryn Mawr College, April 29, 2021. (Virtual)

“When Pirates Prowled the Chesapeake,” Profs and Pints, March 27, 2021. (Virtual)

“Pirates: Their Legacy and the Chesapeake Bay,” Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, March 25, 2021. (in-person)

Piracy Q & A, Honors Seminar: Pirates in History and Popular Culture, Dr. Mary Stout, San Diego State University, March 17, 2021. (Virtual)

“The Chesapeake Bay and the Oyster Wars,” Chesapeake Power and Sail, February 12, 2021. (Virtual)

“Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay: The Oyster Wars,” Historic Annapolis, February 2, 2021. (Virtual)

“Pirates of the Chesapeake Bay,” Phi Beta Kappa Event, December 13, 2020. (Virtual)

“The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Wars,” Daughters of the American Revolution: Judge Lynn Chapter, November 19, 2020. (Virtual)

Micro-Gallery Talks on Selling the Seven Seas: Piracy, Tastemaking, & Consumption in the Early Modern Caribbean World, 1650-1790, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, July 18, 2019. (in-person)

“Selling the Seven Seas and Pedagogy,” Workshop, University of Essex, July 15, 2019. (in-person)

“Selling the Seven Seas: Piracy, Tastemaking, & Consumption in the Early Modern Caribbean World,” University of East Anglia, July 12, 2019. (in-person)

“Wreckers, Pirates, and Smugglers: From Salvage to Consumption,” Nottage Maritime Institute, Summer 2019.

“Wreckers, Pirates, and Smugglers: From Salvage to Consumption,” Coastal Carolina University 2019 Spring Cultural Heritage Studies Speaker Series, January 22, 2019. (in-person)

“Wreckers, Pirates, and Smugglers: From Salvage to Consumption,” Brookgreen Gardens Staff & Members, January 23, 2019. (in-person)

“From Gold to Glass: Pirates as Tastemakers in the Early Modern Caribbean,” Bryn Mawr 2017-2018 Lecture Series, November 9, 2017. (in-person)

“Embracing Change in the Classroom and Implementing Digital Assignments/Literacy into Course Design,” TEDx Talk, Stevenson University, February 25, 2017. (in-person)