Eric Oakley

Eric Oakley. Photo credit: Ellen Giamportone.Eric Oakley, Ph.D.
Lecturer of History
Coordinator of Part-Time Faculty in World History
Eric Oakley joined the Department of History and Philosophy in 2018. His reseach interests include Colonial and Revolutionary America, the Pacific World, and Maritime History. His current research focuses on commerical expansion in the Pacific World during the Early American Republic. He teaches Early America (HIST 2111), Modern America (HIST 2112), and Modern World History (HIST 1112).


Review of James K. Barnett, ed., Captain Cook’s Final Voyage: The Untold Story from the Journals of James Burney and Henry Roberts (Pullman, WA: Washington State University Press, 2018), Pacific Northwest Quarterly (Forthcoming)

Review of Charles R. Menzies, People of the Saltwater: An Ethnography of Git Lax M’oon (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016), Pacific Northwest Quarterly, 107:3 (Summer 2016)

Review of Jeff Oliver, Landscapes and Social Transformations on the Northwest Coast (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2010), Ethnohistory, 58:2 (Spring 2011)

Review of Kay Atwood, Chaining Oregon: Surveying the Public Lands of the Pacific Northwest, 1851-1855 (Newark, OH: McDonald & Woodward, 2008), Terrae Incognitae: The Journal for the History of Discoveries, 42:1 (September 2010)



“These Beautiful Isles: Islands as Commercial Outposts in the Age of Sail”, 44th Economic and Business History Society Conference (Detroit, MI, June 2019)

“Boston: America’s First Pacific Port”, GSU Spring Conference on Global and Economic History (Georgia State University, April 2019)

“The World at Our Fingertips: Modeling World History through Shared Digital Media”, 13th Southeast World History Association Conference (Maryville College, November 2018)

“Simulation Laboratory: Tools, Text, and Technique”, North Carolina Association for the Gifted and Talented Annual Conference (Winston-Salem, NC, March 2015)

“Rage for War: The Pacific Fur Trade, Imperial Rivalries, and America’s First Foreign Policy Crisis, 1789-90”, 9th Appalachian Spring Conference in Economics and History (Appalachian State University, April 2014)

“Having a Very Lively Time: American Treaty Port Communities in China”, seminar paper, UNC-Greensboro Graduate History Conference (UNCG, 2009)



Keynote Speech: “Looking Backward to the Great War”, Hidden Histories, North Carolina and World War I Teaching Scholars, Statewide Conference, North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, NC, August 2017)

“Simulation Laboratory: Tools, Text, Technique”, Duke Program in Education (Duke University, 2016-2019)

“Plundering the Spanish Lake: Francis Drake’s Odyssey in the Pacific”, UNCG History Society Spring Panel (UNC-Greensboro, 2018)

“Natural History, Melville, and the Pacific World”, Scuppernong Books “Year of Melville” Lecture (Greensboro, NC, April 2015)

“Ostländer: Imperial Germany and Chinese Radicals”, UNCG History Society Spring Panel (UNC-Greensboro, 2013)