Nautical archaeology of the Early Modern Era (15th to 20th Centuries); Construction and outfitting of ships; seafaring, shipboard life, and maritime communities; North American river, lake, and canal navigation; 19th century steamboats and ship propulsion technology; Warships and naval technology, 1450-1950; War of 1812 naval design and construction.
Current Research Projects:
ANTH 603 – Seafaring Life and Maritime Communications
ANTH 610 – Outfit & Rig Wooden Ship
ANTH 628 – New World Seafaring
ANTH 629 – Post-Medieval Seafaring
Current Graduate Students:
Megan Hagseth, Landon Bell, Marijo Berube, Annaliese Dempsey, Miguel Guitterez (co-chair), Heather Jones, Carolyn Kennedy, John Littlefield, Sara Pianavilla (co-chair), Patricia Schwindinger, Grace Tsai
Selected and Recent Publications:
2015 Kevin Crisman, Glenn Grieco. The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: Propulsion Machinery. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. Vol. 44, No. 1.
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.
2014 Kevin Crisman. The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: construction. International Journal of Nautical Archaeology, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 128-150.
2013 Juliet K. Brophy, Kevin Crisman. A Taphonomic Evaluation of Three Intact Pork Barrels from the Steamboat Heroine (1838). Historical Archaeology, Vol. 47, No. 4, pp. 71-85.
2013 Kevin Crisman, William B. Lees and John Davis. The Western River Steamboat Heroine, 1832-1838, Oklahoma, USA: excavations, summary of finds, and history. International Journal of Nautical 5 Archaeology, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 365-381.