Amy Mitchell-Cook

Chair and Associate Professor
Phone: (850) 857-6014
Office: Bldg. 50, Room 107

Courses Taught

North American Seafaring, Maritime History, Colonial America, Women in the Atlantic World, Age of Discovery, Introduction to Public History.


Maritime History, Early American Social and Cultural History, Public History, Material Culture

Current Research Interests

Early American Shipwreck Narratives


Ph.D., History, Pennsylvania State University, 2004; M.A., History, East Carolina University, 1994; B.A., Anthropology, University of Florida, 1990.


  • American Historical Association
  • Organization of American Historians
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • National Maritime Historical Society

Notable Articles/Publications

A Sea of Misadventures: Shipwreck and Survival in Early America. University of South Carolina Press, 2013.

“Negotiating Power: Status and Authority in Anglo-American Shipwreck Narratives” in The Elusive Jack Tar: New Approaches to Early American Maritime History (ed. Paul Gilje and William Pencak), Mystic Seaport, 2006.

“Shipwreck Narratives” in The Encyclopedia of Maritime History (ed. John Hattendorf), NY: Oxford University Press, 2005.

When God, the Devil and a Friendly Cannibal Met at Sea: A Study of Early American Shipwrecks. Pennsylvania State University, 2004. 

“The Continental Navy: The Continental Navy was too small and undermanned to have a significant impact on the American war effort” in History in Dispute: American Revolution (ed. Keith Krawczynski), Columbia, S.C.: Manly, Inc., 2003.