Faculty

Most of the classes in the Maritime Studies Program are taught by tenured professors who have extensive experience and published research in their fields of specialties.  Class sizes are small, ensuring one-on-one interaction between student and professor. 

Faculty professors and lecturers 

 

Frederic Pearl, PhD (Anthropology)  

Samuel Mark, PhD (Anthropology) 

Tom Oertling, MA (Anthropology)

Stephen Curley, PhD (English)

Don Willett, PhD (History)

John Carhart, MA (Political Science)

Carol Bunch Davis, PhD (English)

Darren Domsky, PhD (Philosophy)

 

 Dr. Pearl

Frederic Pearl, PhD (Anthropology)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • ANTH 210 Social and Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 350 Old World Archaeology
  • MAST 320 Introduction to Museums and Conservation
  • MAST 333 Viking Archaeology and Norse Mythology
  • MAST 371 Archaeology of the Pacific
  • MAST 411 International Maritime Culture

Dr. Pearl is the Director of the Maritime Studies Program and Associate Professor of Maritime Studies, and holds graduate faculty appointments with the Department of Marine Sciences in Galveston and the Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University in College Station. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology in 2001 from Texas A&M University, and joined the faculty of Texas A&M Galveston in 2001. He is currently leading summer field projects studying Viking archaeological sites in Gotland, Sweden, and is writing a book on the Christianization of the Roman Empire.  (TOP)

 

Samuel Mark, PhD (Anthropology)                                 Dr. Mark

Courses Taught in the MAST Curriculum

  • ANTH 225 Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 316 Nautical Archaeology
  • Anth 351 Classical Archaeology
  • Anth 423 Bioarchaeology
  • MAST 350 History of Wooden Ship Construction
  • MAST 354 Ancient Egyptian Seafaring
  • CLAS 371 In search of Homer and the Trojan War

 

Dr. Mark is Professor of Maritime Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in 2000, and joined the faculty of Texas A&M University at Galveston in 2001. His research includes ancient seafaring and paleopathology. His books include From Egypt to Mesopotamia, in which he proposes possible trade routes, connecting Egypt to Mesopotamia before the pharaohs; and Homeric Seafaring, in which he interprets the seafaring culture described in the Iliad and the Odyssey based on ancient documents, archaeological discoveries, ancient iconography, and ethnographies. He has studied ancient Mediterranean ships built primarily for carrying bulk cargoes of marble. He also conducts active research in the field of paleopathology, with publications in the Journal of the History of Medicine and the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. His recent published journals were the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, International and the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. (TOP)
 

 Oertling

 

 Tom Oertling, MA (Anthropology)                          

 Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • ANTH 202 Intorduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 318 Nautical Archaeology of the Americas

Mr. Oertling is Instructional Assistant Professor of Maritime Studies Program. He received his MA in Anthropoloy the Nautical Archaeology program at Texas A&M University in 1984, and specializes in post medieval nautical archaeology. He has partnered with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M on numerous projects, most recently in the excavation of the Denbigh, a Civil War blockade runner off the coast of Galveston Island, but also has extensive experience throughout the Caribbean. Mr. Oertling is a materials conservation specialist, and oversees all aspects of archaeological conservation in the Campus Archaeological Laboratory (CARL).  (TOP)

 curley

 

Stephen Curley, PhD (English)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • ENGL 335 Literature of the Sea
Dr. Curley holds a Ph.D. in English from Rice University, and has taught writing, literature, and film at Texas A&M Galveston since 1973. He received the two highest awards given on the Galveston campus; one for teaching, the other for overall achievement. He is also the first recipient on the Galveston campus of the highest teaching award given by the College Station campus, and the first to be named Regents Professor by the Texas A&M University System. His books include Aggies by the Sea; Living on the Edge: Collected Essays on Coastal Texas; Celluloid Wars: A Research Guide to American War Film; and Invisible Texans: Women and Minorities in Texas History. He has been the recipient of numerous grants for public programs in Galveston on such subjects as the Texas coast, the U.S. Bill of Rights, popular culture, the American Civil War, and the Great Depression. He has released an audiocassette of sea chanteys and often is invited to make presentations about movies and sea-related topics.(TOP)

Dr. Willett

 

 

 

Don Willett, PhD (History)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • HIST 242 U.S. Maritime History
Dr. Willett is Professor of History.  He received his PhD in American History from Texas A&M University in 1985. His areas of research include United States maritime history and Texas history. He is a past-president of the East Texas Historical Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Gulf South Historical Association. His area of research focuses on United States maritime labor history, so he would like to contact Mexican scholars who focus on Mexican maritime labor and share research.

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John Carhart

John Carhart, MA (Political Science)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • POLS 331 World Politics
  • POLS 347 Politics of Energy and the Enviroment

Mr.  Carhart is a Senior Lecturer and Assistant Department Head of the Department of General Academics. A faculty member since 1989, Mr. Carhart has extensive experience working for election campaigns and elected officials in both the Democratic and Republican parties. His resume includes experience at the local,  state, and national levels. (TOP)

 

Carol Bunch-Davis, PhD (English)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • MAST 425 Thesis and Technical Writing

Dr. Bunch-Davis joined the General Academics faculty as a lecturer in English in the Fall of 2003.  She received a B.A. in Communication from Trinity University, an M.A. in Literature from the University of Houston-Clear Lake and a Ph.D. in English (Film, Literature and Culture) from the University of Southern California. (TOP)

 

Darren Domsky, PhD (Philosophy)

Courses Taught in MAST Curriculum

  • PHIL 314 Enviromental Ethics
  • PHIL 240 Introduction to Logic

Dr. Domsky is Associate Professor of Philosophy, with a PhD in Philosophy from York University.  His recent and forthcoming publications include “Why Callicott’s Communitarian Environmental Ethic is not Holistic,” The Journal of Value Inquiry; “The Inadequacy of Ecological Communitarianism,” Environmental Ethics; “Tossing the Rotten Thing Out: Eliminating Bad Reasons not to Solve the Problem of Moral Luck,” Philosophy; “Keeping a Place for Meta-Ethics: Assessing Elliot’s Dismissal of the Subjectivism/Objectivism Debate in Environmental Ethics,” Metaphilosophy; “There Is No Door: Finally Solving the Problem of Moral Luck,” The Journal of Philosophy; and “Evaluating Callicott’s Attack on Stone’s Moral Pluralism,” Environmental Values. (TOP)