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Kevin Crisman

Nautical Archaeology Faculty Fellow, MS in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation Program Coordinator
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  • Anthropology 131A
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PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989


Courses Taught:

Anth 318 – Nautical Archaeology of the Americas
Anth 330 – Field Archaeology
Anth 603 – Seafaring Life and Maritime Communities
Anth 610 – Outfitting and Sailing the Wooden Ship
Anth 628 – New World Seafaring
Anth 629 – Post-Medieval Seafaring
Anth 660 – Field Archaeology

Current Graduate Students:

Dan Bishop, Annaliese Dempsey, Garrett Hastings, Richard Hendren, Patricia Schwindinger, Grace Tsai

Graduate advising has been a rewarding part of my years at Texas A&M. During this time I have served on 116 completed graduate committees, 57 of them (17 PhD and 42 MA or MS) as chair.

Selected and Recent Publications:

Crisman, K., C. Kennedy, G. Schwarz (2018) Vermont’s Steamboat Pioneer: Jahaziel Sherman of Vergennes. Vermont History 86(2): 95-131.

Crisman, K., G. Grieco (2015) The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: Propulsion Machinery. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 44(1): 173-195.

Crisman, K., editor (2014) Coffins of the Brave: Lake Shipwrecks of the War of 1812. Ed Rachal Foundation Nautical Archaeology Series, Texas A&M University Press, College Station, Texas.

Crisman, K. (2014) The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: construction. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 43(1): 128-150.

Brophy, J.K., K. Crisman (2013) A Taphonomic Evaluation of Three Intact Pork Barrels from the Steamboat Heroine (1838). Historical Archaeology 47(4): 71-85.

Crisman, K., W.B. Lees, J. Davis (2013) The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: excavations, summary of finds, and history. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology 42(2): 365-381.

Crisman, K. (2012) The Heroine of Louisville: Archaeological Discoveries from an 1830s-Era Western River Steamboat. Ohio Valley History 12(3): 43-67.

Crisman, K. (2011) The Archaeology of Steamships. In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime Archaeology, edited by D. Hamilton, A. Catsambis, B. Ford, pp. 610-628. Oxford University Press.

Crisman, K. (2004) Sails on an Inland Sea: The Evolution of Lake Champlain’s Sailing Merchant Fleet. In A Philosophy of Shipbuilding: Conceptual Approaches to the Study of Wooden Ships, edited by F. M. Hocker, C. Ward, pp. 137-162. Texas A&M University Press, College Station.

Crisman, K., A.B. Cohn (1998) When Horses Walked on Water: Horse-powered Ferries in Nineteenth-century America. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.

Crisman, K. (1987) The Eagle: An American Brig on Lake Champlain During the War of 1812. The New England Press and the Naval Institute Press, Shelburne, Vermont and Annapolis.