Dr. Rebecca Simon
Historian of Early Modern Piracy, Colonial America, the Atlantic World, and Maritime History
Ph.D., King's College London
Dr. Rebecca Simon is a historian of early modern piracy, Colonial America, the Atlantic World, and maritime history. She earned her PhD from King’s College London in 2017. Her dissertation, entitled: “The Crimes of Piracy and its Punishment: The Performance of Maritime Supremacy in the British Atlantic World, 1670 – 1830,” examines British maritime and legal supremacy in its early American colonies in regards to maritime piracy. Dr. Simon has written
numerous articles for History Today, BBC History Revealed, and other online publications. She has appeared on numerous podcasts such as You’re Dead To Me, History Hit, and History Extra. She was featured in History Channel’s The Curse of Oak Island and Beyond Oak Island and Netflix’s docu-drama The Lost Pirate Kingdom. She is the author of Why We Love Pirates: The Hunt for Captain Kidd and How He Changed Piracy Forever (Mango Publishing Group, 2020). Her next book, Pirate Queens: The Lives of Anne Bonny and Mary Read will be published by Pen & Sword History in 2022. You can find more about Dr. Rebecca Simon at rebecca-simon.com. She is active on social media and you can find her on Twitter (@beckalex) and TikTok (@piratebeckalex) delivering piracy to the public.