Virginia W. Lunsford is an associate professor of history at the U. S. Naval Academy. She is a specialist in maritime history, especially the history of piracy and privateering; the history of Early Modern Europe; the history of European expansion and colonialism; and the history of the Netherlands. Professor Lunsford holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from Harvard University. She also earned an M.A. in Government and a B.A. with High Distinction in History and Rhetoric & Communication Studies from the University of Virginia. At the Naval Academy, Professor Lunsford currently teaches courses on “Warfare in the Age of Sail”; “The Golden Age of Piracy: Myth and Reality”; “The Buccaneers: A Case Study in Asymmetrical Warfare”; and “American Naval History.”
Professor Lunsford is the author of Piracy and Privateering in the Golden Age Netherlands (New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and is currently researching and writing "Dead Men Tell No Tales: A Cultural History of Piracy in the Modern Age" under contract with Routledge.
Professor Bruce E. Fleming has been an English Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy for two decades. He specializes in Modernism, creative writing, and usable philosophy. A prolific author of books, articles, short stories and more, he will have two books coming out in 2010; "Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide: What Each Side Must Know About the Otherand About Itself," (Potomac Books, June 2010) and "Running is Life: Transcending the Crisis of Modernity," (Rowman and Littlefield, 2010).
He is the author of fifteen previous books on subjects ranging from aesthetics to cross-cultural perceptions to dance, and has just been named one of the two recipients of the 2005 Antioch Review Award for Distinguished Prose. He graduated from Haverford College, and holds subsequent degrees from the University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University. He also studied at the Free University of Berlin as a Fulbright Scholar, as well as in Paris and at the University of Siena, and taught at the University of Freiburg and the National University of Rwanda.
He is also a regular columnist with military.com and is a frequent commentator on the U. S. Naval Academy.
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