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photo of Mark Hanna Mark G. Hanna
Department of History
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive MC 0104
La Jolla , California , 92093-0104
(858) 822-1532
H&SS Room: 4059

Mark G. Hanna arrived as an assistant professor at UCSD in the fall of 2007. He was recently a National Endowment for the Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Omohundro Instittute of Early American History and Culture from the fall of 2008 to the spring of 2010. Professor Hanna received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University in 2006. He received outside graduate fellowships from the Center for New World Comparative Studies at the John Carter Brown Library, the W.M. Keck Foundation at the Huntington Library, and postdoctoral fellowships from the Mark DeWolfe Howe Fund from the Harvard University Law School, a William Nelson Cromwell Fellowship from the American Society for Legal History, an Arthur H. Cole Grant from the Economic History Association, and recently a Hellman award here at UCSD. Professor Hanna's dissertation, "The Pirate's Nest: The Impact of Piracy on Newport and Charles Town, 1670-1740," not only challenges prevailing interpretations of piracy; it also uses the phenomenon of piracy to illuminate the history of early America in the Atlantic World. His research is quintessentially multidisciplinary, blending international law, politics, religion, economics, and literary studies. He is presently editing his book manuscript, The Pirates' Nests: Piracy and the Formalization of the First British Empire for the University of North Carolina Press.

Curriculum Vitae

Mark Hanna CV


Mark Hanna recently curated a rare book exhibit entitled Pirates in Print: Seafaring Treasures of the Mandeville Special Collections Library. The exhibit will be digitized and online by summer of 2013.

This follows a 2011 exhibit in UCSD's Geisel Library entitled Unburying Treasure: Pyrates at Geisel Library

Mark Hanna runs a workshop through UCSD's Humanities Center entitled Piracy and Transnational Studies that includes scholars from History, Political Science, Literature, and Sociology. He has been interviewed numerous times on topics relating to piracy. The most interesting instance was syndicated in the Somaliland Times (hopefully read by actual pirates).


HIUS 133 "The Golden Age of Piracy"- upper level lecture course.

HIUS 178/278 "The Atlantic World 1492-1803" - an upper level colloquium.

HILD 2A "The Survey of Early American History" - a lower division lecture course.

HIGR 209 "Teaching History" - a graduate seminar on historical pedagogy.

HIGR 265A "Historiography of Early America" - upper level course.

HITO 87 "Piracy in Popular Culture" - a freshman seminar.

HITO 127 "A History of Seafaring in the Age of Sail" - upper level colloquium (spring 2014).

HIUS 104 "The Revolutionary Atlantic" - an upper level lecture course (spring 2014).