Robert G. Albion Historian
Course: Americans and the Maritime Environment
860-572-5302 ext. 5089
Glenn Gordinier earned his Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and is the Robert G. Albion Historian at Mystic Seaport. He also is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Connecticut, Avery Point, where he teaches history. Glenn has served as a Smithsonian Institution Lecturer and a Visiting Instructor for Trinity College and Connecticut College. His publications have involved maritime commerce, seafaring culture, and issues of race and ethnicity. Glenn serves as coordinator of Mystic Seaport’s national “Conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Power in Maritime America” and is editor for the volume of conference papers. His publications include The Rockets’ Red Glare: the War of 1812 and Connecticut, 2012; Surfing Cold Water: A New Englander’s Off-Season Obsession, 2012; Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America, 2008; Race, Ethnicity and Power in Maritime America, 2005; and Fishing out of Stonington, 2004. He was also a contributor to America and the Sea: A Maritime History, 1998, and has written articles and reviews for numerous peer reviewed publications. Glenn is Co-Director of the Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport, which offers graduate courses in maritime studies. His extensive experience with the museum helps students take advantage of its vast collection of artifacts and vessels. He is well known for his performance of Josiah Gardner, a 19th century master mariner under sail. Acclaimed by The New York Times, his historical portrayal has been seen across the U.S. and abroad.