In Their Own Words

In Their Own Words

Jeff Bolster Grooms a Generation of Graduate Students
Thursday, December 19, 2013

Jeff Bolster

History professor Jeff Bolster at the helm. View his video below.

For this scholar of maritime history, grooming graduate students for careers in history has been highly successful. How do we know? Jeff Bolster’s former students speak glowingly of the care he took with their scholarship and the opportunities he provided, contending that they are better historians for having worked with Bolster.

But their achievements are perhaps the stronger evidence. Recent graduates have landed tenure-track positions at universities. They’ve published books with major presses. They’ve won national and international awards. To quote Bolster, himself, “the proof is in the pudding.”

“Jeff’s support and guidance was a most important factor in making my experience at UNH so enriching,” says Mary Fuhrer ’10G, who says that from the first time she visited the department as an applicant to the day of her graduation, Bolster shared “not just the wisdom of his experience, but also the warmth of his friendship.” Bolster is the author of “The Mortal Sea: Fishing the Atlantic in the Age of Sail”(Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012).

In 2013, he received the prestigious Bancroft Prize for his gripping and eloquent history of the human impact on the ocean.  He is also the winner of the 2013 Graduate Mentor Award.

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Video by UNH Video Productions