Faculty Detail


Dr. John Odin Jensen


Associate Professor, Maritime Studies and Ocean Policy

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Ph.D. Social History, Carnegie Mellon University, 2000.
M.S. History and Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, 1995.
M.A. Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology, East Carolina University, 1993.
B.A. History, Lawrence University, 1987.

Co-appointments: Adjunct Professor of History, University of Rhode Island Graduate Faculty, Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime History

Current Research: Maritime Cultural Landscapes and Frontiers, Great Lakes, Marine Cultural Resource Policy, Public Health and Medicine, Museums

Selected Publications and Creative Products:

White Paper: Recommendations for Integrated Management Using a Cultural Landscape Approach in the National MPA System. (One of the principle authors for the Cultural Heritage Resources Working Group of the National MPA System Federal Advisory Committee.)

“Cultural and Organizational Responses to Immigrant and Transient Illness in the American Midwest, 1825-1890” chapter in Migration, Health and Ethnicity in the Modern World, eds.,Catherine Cox and Hillary Marland, Plagrave Press, forthcoming.

“Viewing the Future through the Lens of Maritime Cultural Landscapes,”(with J. Gray and R. Mather). Sanctuary Watch, Fall 2011: 2-3 .

“Standardized Protocols for Assessing the Effects of Offshore Alternative Energy Development on Cultural Resources” (with I.R.Mather and C. Damon) National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) Developing Environmental Protocols Project Number:M10PS00152. 2011.

Maritime Heritage Resources at St. Croix Island International Historic Site (with I.R. Mather and A. Caporaso). Technical Report for the National Park Service Northeast Region. 2011.

“MPAs: The Cultural Landscape Approach” MPA Connections, May 2011: 5-6. (with I.R. Mather and H. Van Tilburg)

“The History of Cod in the New World” and I.R. Mather 41 Degrees North 2010 (5): 2-4.

Investigations into Block Islands Submerged Cultural Sites and Landscapes for the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan. (with I.R. Mather). Rhode Island Coastal Resources Council. 2010.

“The Great Lakes” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, in press.

“Maritime Archaeology on the Last Frontier” Sea History Summer 2005: 6-9.

“Dockside Reflections: March 2004,” concluding chapter in Fishing Out of Stonington: Voices of the Fishing Families of Stonington, Connecticut. Mystic Seaport Press, 2004.

Sea Dogs! Great Tails of the Sea. Museum Exhibition, Mystic Seaport, 2002-2003.

“Maritime History from a Canine Perspective.” Log of Mystic Seaport, Fall 2003.

What is a Sea Dog? Children’s Book, Mystic Seaport Press, 2003.

Davidson's Goliaths: Underwater Archaeological Investigations of the Steamer Frank O'Connor and the Schooner-Barge Pretoria. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin--Office of the State Archaeologist, 1995. Co-author with D.J. Cooper.

AThe History and Archaeology of the Great Lakes Steamer Niagara.@ The Wiscons in Magazine of History 82 (1999): 198-230.

"Before the Surgeon General: Marine Hospital Care in Mid-Nineteenth-Century America." Public Health Reports 112 (1997): 525-27.

"Hospitals and Mariners: A Great Lakes Case Study." The American Neptune 57 (1997): 47-62.

"Oak Trees and Balance Sheets: James Davidson, Great Lakes Shipbuilder and Entrepreneur." The American Neptune 54 (1994): 99-114.

Current Research Grants:
Co-Principal Investigator (with D. McMahan, M. Burwell, and J. Kelly), “Submerged Cultural Resource Management on the Last Frontier: Reconnaissance, GIS Mapping, and Biotic/Geochemical Characterization of Threatened Shipwreck Sites in Southeastern Alaska.” National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean Exploration Grant, 2005-2006.

Co-Investigator (with J. King, K. Moran, R. Mather, J. Boothroyd, R. Ballard, D. Coleman, C. Damon, C. Deacutis, R. Pockalny, S. Pratt, W. Turnbaugh, E. Hinchey and G. Cicchetti), Bay Map - A proposal to image the seafloor, map and groundtruth the habitats, and document the cultural landscape of Narragansett Bay and RI and CT coastal environments. Rhode Island Sea Grant, 2004-2006.

Principal Investigator (with I.R. Mather and N. Bellantoni), Conservation of Cultural Resources in Long Island Sound: Investigation of an Early Steam Vessel Shipwreck near New Haven, Connecticut. National Undersea Research Center-North Atlantic/Great Lakes Region Science Grant, 2004-2006.