Neil Kennedy

Assistant Professor,
Department of History
Phone: (709) 864 8968

Research Interests

As a specialist in seventeenth-century Bermuda and the Caribbean, Neil Kennedy’s maritime research interests encompass all of the Atlantic Islands, with a particular interest in illicit trade in the Caribbean, and more specifically illicit Anglo-Dutch commerce. He is also engaged in projects exploring remigration, unfree mariners, whaling, the Atlantic salt trade, and shipbuilding in early Bermuda.

Kennedy’s current research orientation includes two parallel ventures, one of which is to explore the seventeenth-century ecological history of Bermuda in relation to the impact of the colony’s maritime orientation and the other is an exploration of the colony’s credit and debt records as those networks of affiliation and obligation both sustained the island’s carrying trade and substituted for the relative lack of political elaboration in early Bermuda.


Kennedy has been involved with archaeological projects in Bermuda, the Dutch West Indies, Central Canada and the United States, working with or for the College of William and Mary, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Dutch National Park Service, the Bermuda Government, the Bermuda National Trust, and the Bermuda Maritime Museum. These projects reflect Kennedy’s spread of interests in colonial European material culture, plantation slavery, and First Nations archaeology. An experienced teacher, particularly of the early modern Atlantic World, Kennedy often uses material culture resources to prompt discussion of the past and its interpretation.


  • University of Western Ontario, PhD (Atlantic History)
  • The Johns Hopkins University, MA (American Colonial History)
  • The College of William and Mary, MA (Historical Archaeology)
  • University of Toronto, BA (Anthropology and History),


Maritime Studies Research Unit

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000