University of Pittsburgh


Marcus Rediker

Distinguished Professor
PhD, University of Pennsylvania (1982)

University of Pittsburgh
Department of History
3508 Posvar Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Curriculum Vitae


Early American History
Atlantic History



U.S. History Survey to 1865
Global History of Piracy
Colonial America
American Revolution
Reading Marx and Engels
Readings in Early American History
Theory and Method in Social/Cultural History
Atlantic History, 1500–1800
Africa and the Atlantic

Selected Publications

Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates, and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail (Beacon Press/Verso, 2014).

The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (Viking-Penguin 2012)

The Slave Ship A Human History (Viking-Penguin 2007)

Many Middle Passages: Forced Migration and the Making of the Modern World, ed. with Emma Christopher and Cassandra Pybus (University of California Press 2007)

Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age (Beacon Press/Verso 2004)

The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic (Beacon Press/Verso 2000), coauthor: Peter Linebaugh

Who Built America? Working People and the Nation’s Economy, Politics, Culture, and Society, Volume 1 (Pantheon Books 1989)

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Merchant Seamen, Pirates, and the Anglo-American Maritime World, 1700–1750 (Cambridge University Press 1987)



Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2014.
Racial Justice Award (for work promoting equality in the field of education), YWCA Center for Race and Gender Equity, Pittsburgh, 2013.
Sol Stetin Award for Labor History, the Sidney Hillman Foundation (lifetime achievement in labor history, 2013)
Senior Scholar in Residence, Society for the Humanities, Cornell University (2009)
AHA James A. Rawley Prize (2008)
George Washington Book Prize (2008)
OAH Merle Curti Award (2008)
National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow (2005-2006)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellow (2005-2006) Distinguished Lecturer, OAH (2002–08)
International Labor History Book Prize (2001)
OAH Merle Curti Social History Book Award (1988)
ASA John Hope Franklin Book Prize (1988)


Prophet against Empire: Benjamin Lay, Atlantic Abolitionist, to be published by Beacon Press 2016.