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Dr. Joshua M. Smith

Associate Professor, Humanities

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  • Ph.D. US and Canadian History University of Maine
  • MA Maritime History & Underwater Archaeology East Carolina University
  • AS Maine Maritime Academy
  • MA History University of St. Andrews

Teaching Interests

  • Maritime History
  • Naval History

Research Interests

  • Maritime and Naval History
  • Public History
  • War of 1812


Dr. Joshua M. Smith grew up in the United States on Cape Cod and coastal Maine. He holds degrees from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Maine Maritime Academy, East Carolina University, and the University of Maine.

He is author of Borderland Smuggling: Patriots, Loyalists, and Illicit Trade in the Northeast, 1783-1820, which explores smuggling on the Maine-New Brunswick border and won the John Lyman Award in American Maritime History in 2007. In 2009 he published Blockhouse and Battery: A History of Fort Edgecomb as part of that historic site's bicentennial, and Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812, which explores dimension of maritime warfare off New England's coast.

He has also edited a two volume collection of documents in American maritime history in conjunction with the National Maritime Historical Society entitled Voyages. He currently is an associate professor of humanities and Interim Coordinator of the American Merchant Marine Museum at the United States Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, New York as well as serving as Department Head of the Humanities Department until September, 2015. Professor Smith lives in Port Washington, NY with his wife and daughter.

Dr. Joshua M. Smith

Dr. Joshua M. Smith

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