Carl E. Swanson

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  • Ph.D., Western Ontario

Associate Professor. Carl Swanson's teaching and research interests include colonial American maritime and economic history. He has published articles in the William and Mary Quarterly, the International Journal of Maritime History, the Northern Mariner/le marin du nord, and the American Neptune. His essay, "American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 1739-1748," received the Canadian Nautical Research Society's Keith Matthews Prize. His book, Predators and Prizes: American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 1739-1748, won the John Lyman Book Award presented by the North American Society for Oceanic History.  His current research focuses on the shipping and merchant community of eighteenth-century Charleston, South Carolina.  He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Maritime History.

In addition to teaching and research, Swanson has served many years as the History Department's director of graduate studies. This position has afforded him the opportunity to spend countless hours advising every graduate student in the Program in Maritime Studies within recent memory.

Selected Publications:


Predators and Prizes: American Privateering and Imperial Warfare, 1739-1748. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press, 1991.

Book Chapter:

Introduction for Elizabeth Hartman. Trade and Privateering in Spanish Florida, 1732-1763. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2004.

Essays in Historical Journals:

"The unspeakable Calamity this poor Province Suffers from Pyrats: South Carolina and the Golden Age of Piracy." Northern Mariner/le marin du nord 21 (2011): 117-142.

"To Procure a Good Freight: Charles Town Merchants in the Eighteenth Century." International Journal of Maritime History 20 (2008): 111-141.