John Coakley

Academic Title

  • Lecturer, History
  • Atlantic World
  • Colonial Americas
  • Maritime History
  • U.S. History to 1877

My research focuses on the political economy of the early English Caribbean. My publications and presentations have examined piracy, slavery, trading, and maritime law. He is currently working on a study of the central role played by pirates and other private sailors in seventeenth-century Jamaica.

  • Ph.D. History University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • M.A. History University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • B.A. History and Sociology Marlboro College
  • Atlantic Slave Trade
  • English Caribbean
  • Piracy and Privateering

“Jamaica’s Private Seafarers: Politics and Violence in a 17th-Century English Colony,” in David Head, ed., The Golden Age of Piracy: The Rise, Fall, and Enduring Popularity of Pirates. University of Georgia Press, 2018.