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Dr. Mary Malloy


Professor of Maritime Studies, Program Director for SEA Semester: The Global Ocean

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Mary Malloy joined the SEA faculty in 1991. She is the author of four books on the maritime trade between New England and the North Pacific, including the award-winning Devil on the Deep Blue Sea: The Notorious Career of Samuel Hill of Boston, and two novels, The Wandering Heart (2009) and the forthcoming Paradise Walk (2011). An authority on musical traditions on shipboard, Mary has performed the songs of American mariners at museums and colleges around the world. She appears on four albums of traditional sea music, including the Aaargh-rated Pirate Songs! In addition to teaching at SEA, Mary teaches Museum Studies at Harvard University, where she won the Shattuck Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.

Ph.D. American Studies, Brown University, Providence, R.I.
M.A. Museum Studies, Brown University
M.A. American Studies/History, Boston College
B.A. Music, University of Washington
Certificate Maritime History, Munson Institute at Mystic Seaport

Devil on the Deep Blue Sea: The Notorious Career of Captain Samuel Hill of Boston, Ithaca, N.Y.: Bullbrier Press, 2006.

“Author Exposed! Young Sailor is Revealed as ‘Anonymous’ Keeper of Excellent Voyage Narrative,” Historic Nantucket, Vol. 55, No. 1, Winter 2006.

“The Sea,” in The Columbia Encyclopedia of History on Film. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.

“‘Some well-executed models of canoes with all their appendages...’: Souvenirs of the Age of Sail,” in Kayak, Umiak, Canoe by Alison Fields, Bristol, R.I.: Haffenreffer Museum, 2002.

Model Kayaks, Umiaks, and Canoes from the North Pacific in Haffenreffer Museum Anthropology Collections, with Barbara Hale, et. al., Bristol, R.I.: Haffenreffer Museum, 2002.

Souvenirs of the Fur Trade: Northwest Coast Indian Art and Artifacts Collected by American Mariners. Cambridge: Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 2000.

A Most Remarkable Enterprise: Lectures on the Northwest Coast Trade and Northwest Coast Indian Life by Captain William Sturgis. Hyannis, MA: Parnassus Imprints, 2000.

Boston Men” on the Northwest Coast: The American Maritime Fur Trade, 1788-1844. Fairbanks: Limestone Press, University of Alaska, 1998.

Whaling Brides and Whaling Brothers. Falmouth, MA: The Falmouth Historical Society, 1997.

“The Sailor’s Fantasy: Images of Women in the Songs of American Whalemen,” The Log of Mystic Seaport, Autumn, 1997.

“African Americans at Sea,” in International Congress of Maritime Museums Proceedings, 1997.

With Rhys Richards: “United States Trade with China in the First Two Decades, 1784-1804,” in United States Trade with China, 1784-1814 (special supplement to The American Neptune), Salem, MA.: Peabody Essex Museum, 1994.

From Boston Harbor We Set Sail! A Curriculum Unit on African-American Sailors and the Maritime Community in Massachusetts. The Boston African-American National Historic Site/The Kendall Whaling Museum/The Museum of Afro-American History, 1992 (Reissued 1993).

“Cape Cod Shipmasters on the Northwest Coast,” The Review: Cape Cod’s Arts & Antiques Magazine, Spring, 1991.

With Hisayasu Hatanaka and Mitsanori Hamano: “The Lady Washington at Oshima Island, Japan, in 1791,” The Quarterdeck, Vol. 18, No. 1, Fall, 1991.

“The Old Sailors’ Lament: Recontextualizing Melville’s Reflections on the Sinking of the ‘Stone Fleet,’” The New England Quarterly, December, 1991.

African Americans in the Maritime Trades: A Guide to Resources in New England. The Kendall Whaling Museum, 1990 (Reprinted, 1993).

“‘Bound to the Marquesas’: Tommo Runs Away,” Melville Society Extracts, September, 1990.

“Whalemen’s Perceptions of the ‘High and Mighty Business of Whaling’,” The Log of Mystic Seaport, Spring, 1989.

“Storm Along: An American Sea Anthology,” The American Neptune, Spring, 1986.

“Souvenirs of the Fur Trade: The Northwest Coast Indian Collection of the Salem East India Marine Society,” American Indian Art, Fall, 1986.

New England Voyagers: A Teachers’ Guide. Peabody Museum of Salem, 1985.