SEA Currents: News
October 30, 2015
Meet Our Faculty: Dr. Mark H. Long
For the 2015-16 school year, SEA Semester welcomes several new faculty to our roster. Periodically, we'll introduce them to you on this blog.
We're pleased to introduce Dr. Mark H. Long, our newest Associate Professor of History and Social Science. Mark holds a PhD in history from Loyola University Chicago and a BA in political science from Auburn University. His research areas and interests include the intersections between maritime, economic and environmental history and policy, especially focused on frontier and borderland areas.
Earlier this fall, he taught Conservation and Management for our The Global Ocean: Europe program. Now he's teaching Maritime History and Culture for our The Global Ocean: New Zealand program and preparing to head to sea with his students next month.
What brought you to SEA Semester?
I have known of SEA for a long time via friends who are alumni. Having had experience with a different experiential education program when I was in graduate school, I felt that it was the most powerful teaching model that I had encountered and jumped at the chance to reengage with that in a program as renowned as SEA.
What are you most looking forward to about going to sea with your students?
I really enjoy the way that life “in the field” with students bridges the traditional divide between faculty and students, allowing a more personal connection that enhances the learning experience. Time at sea will be a great way to cement those relationships, I think, and will add a much more dynamic quality to the content that we cover in class on shore in Woods Hole.
If you were ship’s steward for a meal, what would you cook?
I love to cook, and cook a lot. I think I would make a seafood gumbo. As a native southerner I would want to bring the flavors of my home with me to sea, and to share them with others. Frankly, it is pretty hard to find a really authentic bowl of gumbo these days, so I like to pass that experience on when I can.
What’s something you’d like your future students to know about you? Any hidden talents?
Before graduate school I worked as a wilderness guide for a number of years, most as a canoe and kayak guide, but also leading other trips such as backpacking and dog-sledding. My love of life outdoors and in wilderness contexts has a long history.
How do you like to spend your time outside of teaching?
My two favorite activities apart from my academic pursuits are cooking and cycling, which seem to work well together.