Dr. Kevin Crisman received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Vermont in 1981, an M.A. from the Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M in 1984, and a Ph.D. in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. He has been a member of the Nautical Archaeology Program Faculty since 1990 and holds the Nautical Archaeology Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Crisman specializes in world seafaring from A.D.1400 to the present and teaches courses in New World seafaring, post-Medieval European seafaring, and historical archaeology. He has directed or participated in the underwater investigation of numerous wrecks, including sailing merchant craft, naval ships, steamers, and canal boats.
Dr. Crisman's publications include The Eagle: An American Brig on Lake Champlain During the War of 1812 (New England Press and Naval Institute Press) and When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-Powered Ferries in Nineteenth-Century America (Smithsonian Institution Press; co-authored with Arthur Cohn). He is currently editing a book on shipwrecks of the War of 1812 and directing the archaeological excavation of an 1832 Western River Steamboat in the Red River of Oklahoma.
Interests: world seafaring since 1400; ship construction; lake, river, and canal watercraft; seafaring communities and shipboard life; the maritime history of the Great Lakes; and Portuguese maritime history and archaeology
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