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Dr. Jennifer L. Speelman

Associate Professor, Humanities

Year Started



  • Ph.D. History, Temple University
  • MA History, Temple University
  • BA English/Education, Pennsylvania State University

Teaching Interests

  • Maritime History
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Naval History
  • Military History


Dr. Jennifer L. Speelman is an Associate Professor of History at The United States Merchant Marine Academy. She received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Temple University in Philadelphia. She comes to the Humanities Department after teaching for nine years at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Jennifer is an active member of the Society for Military History, the country's fourth largest historical association. She served as the Coordinator for the 2005 Annual Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina and is now in her second term as Trustee. Jennifer has written several encyclopedia entries including ''Naval Apprentices" for Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia (ABC-CLIO, 2002), and "The Citadel" and "The Merchant Marine" for the Encyclopedia of War and American Society (SAGE Publications, 2006) as well as contributed a chapter entitled "The United States Navy and the Genesis of Maritime Education" to the volume Beyond Combat: Essays in Honor of Russell F. Weigley (American Philosophical Society, 2007). She is currently working on a manuscript entitled "When the Sea was a Hard School: A History of United States Maritime Education 1874-1941" and a study of the Charleston Navy Yard, 1905-1995.

Updated: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
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