Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Santa Monica College, King's College London;
Website URL
pirates, piracy, golden age of piracy, pirates of the Caribbean, pirates in popular culture, historical film, history through film, public executions, executions, death, Caribbean, North America, Colonial America, early modern Britain, early modern history, Atlantic history, transnational history, history of crime, legal history, social history, print culture,
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Email: anytime Phone: Evenings

Personal Info

About Me

My name is Rebecca and I received my PhD at King’s College London in August 2017. I teach history at Santa Monica College in Los Angeles, while I research, write, publish, and consult for television and documentaries. My first book, Why We Love Pirates: Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever is based on my doctoral research about the realities of piracies and how perceptions of piracy changed over time. I have been featured on The Curse of Oak Island, Beyond Oak Island (both on History Channel), and Britain’s Outlaws: Pirates (BBC4)

I am available for research, interviews, and historical consultancy. I am particularly interested in consulting for television/film productions about pirates and any other area of my expertise listed here. I am also interested in discussions regarding the myths vs. facts about pirates.

Recent Publications

Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever (Mango Press, 2020).

“Hard, Violent, and Unpredictable,” History Today, 68:2 (February, 2018), 24 – 35.

“The Problem and Potential of Piracy: Legal Changes and Emerging Colonial Ideas of Autonomy in the Early-Modern British Atlantic,” Journal of Maritime Research, 18:2 (November, 2016), 123 – 137.

“The Many Deaths of Captain Kidd,” History Today, 65:7 (July, 2015), 7.

“The Social Construction of Crime in Colonial America: Piracy as a Case Study,” The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 6:6 (March, 2012), 75 – 88.

Media Coverage
History Channel, BBC4, iPlayer
Country Focus
Atlantic World, North America, Caribbean, Britain
Expertise by Geography
Africa, England, United Kingdom, United States, Western Europe
Expertise by Chronology
Pre-17th century, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
American Revolution, American Founding Era, Capitalism, Colonialism, Economic History, Family, Gender, Government, Law, Migration & Immigration, Politics, Race, Religion, Slavery, Women