Shannon Lewis-Simpson


Assistant Professor - Canadian Forces College/Dallaire Centre of Excellence for Peace and Security
Adjunct Professor - Memorial University
Editor - North Atlantic Archaeology


PhD University of York, 2006
MA  University of York, 2001
BA (Hons) Memorial University, 1998


Email:  smlewis[at]; shannon.lewis-simpson2[at]
Twitter: @slewisimpson

Research Interests

Premodern North Atlantic; human security; Viking-Age archaeology; experiential learning; community engagement, intersectionalities in early medieval north; reception; cultural property protection; Old Norse texts. 

Current student supervision
PhD Dissertations
  • Petty, Ian (Interdisciplinary; in progress). The Historic Logging Industry in Newfoundland: 1880-1950 (co-supervised with Sean Cadigan and Carissa Brown).
  • Lacy, Robyn (Archaeology; in progress). Sic Finis: 17th-century Burial Places and Spaces in northeast North America and Newfoundland (co-supervised with Barry Gaulton).
Masters Theses
  • Arlon, Frida (Humanities; in progress). Wanderlust: Viking Utopias (research tutor)
  • Simms, Elsa (History; in progress). Byzantine and Islamic Artefacts in Scandinavian Burial Contexts (co-supervised with Marica Cassis).

Lewis-Simpson, S., Mayr, M. and Woelfel, I.  (2021). "Memorial's German Program on the East Coast Trail: An Opportunity in Community-Engaged and Experiential Learning" . In Andrea Speltz, Nikola von Merveldt and Gaby Pailer (eds), From Far and Wide: German Studies in Canada. Jahrbuch für Internationale Germanistik. (New York: Peter Lang), 123-25.

Lear, M., Lewis-Simpson, S, Uju Onah. R.  and Simms, EA (2021). "An Early European Burial Ground at Bloody Point, New Perlican ClAi-12 Bloody Point 2, New Perlican, NL", Provincial Archaeology Office 2020 Archaeology Review (St. John's, NL), 139-45.  

Lewis-Simpson, S. (2020). "Vínland Revisited, Again: On 'theories, scuttlebutt, and next steps'". In A. Pedersen and S. Sindbæk (eds), Proceedings of the 18th Viking Congress, Århus, Denmark (Århus University Press), 565-83. 

Klein, S., Lewis-Simpson, S., Schipper, W. (eds). 2015. The Maritime World of the Anglo-Saxons. Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Pope, P. and Lewis-Simpson, S. (eds). 2013. Exploring Atlantic Transitions: Archaeologies of Transience and Permanence in New Found Lands. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer.

Lewis-Simpson, S. (2011). "Assimilation or Hybridization: A Study of Personal Names from the Danelaw'". In W.M. Hoofnagle and W.R. Keller (eds), Other Nations: The Hybridization of Insular Mythology and Identity, Britannica et Americana 3: 27 (Heidelberg: Winter), 13-43. 

Lewis-Simpson, S. (2010). "Viking-Age Queens and the Formation of Identity". In D. Ó Corráin, J. Sheehan, S.M. Lewis-Simpson (eds), The Viking Age: Vikings in Ireland: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress (Four Courts Press, Dublin), 217-26.

Ó Corráin, D., Lewis-Simpson, S., Sheehan, J. (eds). (2010). The Viking Age: Vikings in Ireland: Proceedings of the XVth Viking Congress. Dublin: Four Courts Press.

Lewis-Simpson, S. (ed.). (2008). A Short History of Newfoundland and Labrador. St. John's: Boulder.

Lewis-Simpson, S. (2008). "Old Age in Viking-Age Britain". In S.M. Lewis-Simpson (ed.), Youth and Age in the Medieval North (Leiden: Brill), 243-64.
Lewis-Simpson, S. (2008). "The Challenges in Quantifying Youth and Age in the Medieval North". In S.M. Lewis-Simpson (ed.), Youth and Age in the Medieval North (Leiden: Brill), 1-15.

Lewis-Simpson, S. (ed.) (2008). Youth and Age in the Medieval North. Leiden: Brill.

Lewis-Simpson, S.  (2006). "The Role of Material Culture in the Literary Presentation of Greenland". In J. McKinnell, D. Ashurst and D. Kick (eds), The Fantastic in Old Norse/Icelandic Literature. XIII International Saga Conference, vol. 2 (Durham, England), 575-82.

Lewis-Simpson, S. (ed.). (2003). Vínland Revisited: Selected Papers of the Viking Millennium International Symposium. St. John's: Historic Sites Association.

Lewis-Simpson, S. 2002. A Safe Haven: Sixty Years at the Crow's Nest. St. John's: Crow's Nest Officer's Club.