Department of History

Mirelle Luecke

  • Graduate Student

Before coming to Pitt, I completed my MA at New York University (2011), investigating the role of the Royal Naval yard at Kinsale, Ireland, in deterring an ill-fated French invasion in 1759.  I earned my BA in history from Oberlin College (2009).


Regional Field: U.S.
Thematic Field: Atlantic
Dissertation Field: Comparative Race and Slavery

Teaching Experience/Research Positions

HIST 0150 History of Modern Ireland (T.A. for Tony Novosel), Fall 2014
HIST 0600: US History I (standalone), Summer 2014
HIST 0600 United States I (T.A. for Van Beck Hall), Spring 2013
HIST 0671 African American History II (T.A. for Lianne Tsoukas), Fall 2012
HIST 0600 United States I (T.A. for Marcus Rediker), Spring 2012
HIST 0601 United States II (T.A. for Peter Karsten), Fall 2011

Research assistant for Holger Hoock, 2013-2014

Representative Publications

Conferences Presentations:

Upcoming: "On the Wharves of New York City: Social Networks and Atlantic Mobility in the Age of Revolution," Migration Without Boundaries Graduate Student Conference, Michigan State University, October 2014"

"Sinning Seamen: The Mariner’s Church and the New York Waterfront," Port Towns and Urban Cultures Conference, University of Portsmouth and the National Museum of the Royal Navy, July 2013

Research Interests

PhD Research Topic:

Provisional Title: "Topsail Alley:Labor Networks and Social Conflict on the New York Waterfront in the Age of Revolution"

Advisor: Marcus Rediker

I study maritime labor networks and social conflict on the New York waterfront during the Age of Revolution. More specifically, I seek toplace the port city within the context of the Atlantic world, lookingat labor customs, moments of unrest, and attempts to integrate the waterfront with the rest of the city. I am seeking to show how the Atlantic networks of those who labored on the waterfront impacted the city at large. By following the movement of journeyman societies, workingmen’s organizations, and customs and expectations of waterfront labor across the Atlantic Ocean I can better understand how the fluid, shifting, and revolutionary Atlantic came into conflict with the more fixed and rigid national structures of New York City as a whole.