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Jamin Wells

  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Department: History and Philosophy
  • Office Location: Building 50, Room 142
  • Campus: 850.473.7290


Dr. Jamin Wells, associate professor and director of the Public History Master’s Program, teaches courses in local, environmental, digital, and public history. He also oversees the UWF Digital Humanities Lab.

Wells is committed to researching, writing, and teaching a usable past. He is currently working on several grant-funded projects, including a multi-year project to improve writing instruction for K-12 teachers and a pilot UWF Digital Humanities Lab. His students have worked on projects with numerous community groups and organizations throughout the region. He is also revising his dissertation for publication. This book project, tentatively titled Shipwrecks and the Making of the American Beach, explores the radical transformation of the American coast over the course of the nineteenth century. 

Degrees & Institutions:

Wells has an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Rhode Island and master’s degrees from the University of Rhode Island and the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware where he was a fellow in the Hagley Program in Capitalism, Technology, and Culture.


Nineteenth- and twentieth-century American cultural history

Classes Taught:

U.S. History Since 1877; Local History; 20th-Century America; Digital History; Oral and Community History; The Professional Historian

Special Interests:

Coastal history; history of capitalism; community history; history of violence; historical memory; digital humanities


Shipwrecks and the Making of the American Beach [book manuscript in progress]

“Mapping the Coastal Frontier: Shipwrecks and the Cultural Landscape of the Early Republic Littoral,” in Alicia Caporaso, ed., Formation Processes of Maritime Archaeological Landscapes and Sites. Springer, 2017

“The Valentine’s Day Wrecks: Shipwrecks, the Sea, and Late Nineteenth-Century American Culture.” Wreck & Rescue: The Journal of the U.S. Life-Saving Service Heritage Association 13 (August 2012): 13-20.

“The Lure of the Shore: Authenticity, Spectacle, and the Wreck of the St. Paul.” New Jersey History 126, no. 1 (2011): 58-83.

“Professionalization and Cultural Perceptions of Marine Salvage, 1850-1950.” Northern Mariner, 27 (April 2007): 1-22. 



  • American Historical Association
  • Bream Fishermen Association
  • Council on Undergraduate Research
  • Gulf Breeze Area Historical Society
  • National Council of Public History
  • North American Society for Oceanic History
  • Scenic Highway Foundation


Awards and Honors:

  • Wilbur Owen Sypherd Dissertation Prize, University of Delaware, 2013
  • University Dissertation Fellowship, University of Delaware, 2012/13
  • John F. Sweeney Fellowship in Material Culture Studies, University of Delaware, 2011
  • University Graduate Fellowship, University of Delaware, 2009/10
  • Hagley Fellowship, University of Delaware, 2007/11

Keywords: development of American coast, cultural history of shipwrecks, coastal tourism