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Dr. T. Kurt Knoerl

Associate Professor of History (2017).                                                 
B.A. State University of New York at Buffalo (1987),
M.A., East Carolina University (1994);
Ph.D., George Mason University of (2012).

Teaching and Research Interests:

Digital History, Public History, Maritime History, Maritime Archaeology, Material Culture, Native American History, and Environmental History.

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 3700 American Material Culture
  • HIST 5260 History in the Digital Age
  • HIST 3350 Maritime History
  • HIST 3354 Maritime Archaeology
  • HIST 5234 Piracy in Americas, 1500 – 1750

Digital Projects  

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

The Digital Canoe Collection

W. W. Law African American Heritage Trail

Contact Information:
Department of History
Georgia Southern University—Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419-1997

Office: 109B Hawes Building
Tel.: 912-344-2789

Selected Publications and Presentations:

  • A Digital Multi-tool: Using Storymaps for Education and Public Outreach, paper to be presented at the 2023 Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage, Korea, November 2023
  • “‘A Ticklish Craft’: Viewing Britain’s Empire from Inside a Birch-bark Canoe in the Eighteenth Century.” The Mariner’s Mirror 108, no. 3 (August 2022): 286–305
  • “Canoes in Context: An Ojibwa Maritime Cultural Landscape.” International Journal of Maritime History 32, no. 2 (May 2020): 269–87.
  • A Maritime Career Spent Out in the Open: It’s All Bill Still’s Fault, Paper presented at the 35th Anniversary Alumni Conference, East Carolina University, October 2017
  • Strike While the Iron is Hot, Perspectives on History, American Historical Association, (, March 2015.
  • A Global Shipwreck: Using the Internet for Research, Public Outreach, and Catching up with the Past, in Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage Proceedings, Edited by Mark Staniforth et al. Asian Academy for Heritage Management. (, 2011.

Media Coverage

Professional Activities, Awards, and Honors:

  • 2022 Recipient of Americana Corner Grant for research on African American maritime field research.
  • 2021 Co-recipient of Georgia Sea Grant’s Artists, Writers, and Scholars Grant for research on African American / Gullah Geechee maritime research.
  • The 2019 Kristina Brockmeier Faculty Award for outstanding teaching and significant contributions through service to the university and its students
  • 2018 Grant reviewer for the NOAA Exploration and Research Grants
  • 2017 R. Frank Saunders, Jr. Fall History Lecturer
  • Past institutional board member for the Advisory Council on Underwater Archaeology
  • Founder and Director of the Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Current Research:

  • Native American and Colonial maritime cultural landscapes in the eighteenth century.
  • African American and Gullah Geechee maritime history in coastal Georgia.

Last updated: 12/14/2023