Key Research Interests and Expertise

Professor Jowitt’s research is driven by a love of travel and the sea, and an interest in how people move between cultures and ideas across time. She has published widely on early modern travel writing and maritime culture, plays about cultural encounter, and the intersections between discourses of gender, race, colonial and/or imperial identities, and power.

Her most recent book is a collection of 24 essays, The Routledge Companion to Marine and Maritime Worlds, 1400-1800, co-edited with Craig Lambert and Steve Mentz (2020). Other recent books include a collection on travel drama, Travel and Drama in Early Modern England: The Journeying Play, published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press, co-edited with David McInnis; her monograph The Culture of Piracy 1580–1630: English Literature and Seaborne Crime (ESSE Book Award, Literatures in the English Language [established authors] Honourable Mention, 2012); and (with Daniel Carey) a collection of essays Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing in Early Modern Europe. She has recently co-edited a Special Issue of the on-line journal Humanities on 'Pirates in English Literature' (with Nush Powell) http://www.mdpi/com/journal/humanities/special_issues/pirates

She is co-Director of the Hakluyt Edition Project ( and is a General Editor of the first critical edition of Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations (1598–1600) for Oxford University Press. Funded by the AHRC, she co-organised the Haklyut@400 series of commemorative events in the autumn of 2016 for the Hakluyt Society. With John McAleer she edits the book series 'Maritime Humanities, 1400-1800: Cultures of the Sea' for Amsterdam University Press (

Her current in-progress work includes an edited collection on Richard Hakluyt (with Daniel Carey), a monograph provisionally enititled Seafever: The Sea Captain's Story, and a project (with Ben Redding) on the complex and varied material and cultual life of English warships in the Commonwealth, Protectorate, and Restoration, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. 

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