Sam_IconSamuel McLean, BA (Hons), MA
Social Media Editor

Samuel is a PhD student in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London studying under the supervision of Dr Alan James and Professor Andrew Lambert. His doctoral research examines the Royal Navy as a constitutional space, from the Restoration of King Charles II in 1660 to 1749. Samuel’s primary research interests are the creation and expression of institutional identities, especially as they relate to military institutions. Although trained primarily as a historian, his research is heavily influenced by sociology, anthropology and computer science. Samuel also combines his love of history with a love computers and technology, and is interested in the potential  that social media, the internet and computer science have that can be applied to the study of history although he is just beginning to bring together his studies with his programming skills. Sam submitted his PhD thesis in January 2015, and defended it in April 2015. He plans to conclude his corrections at the end of 2015.

Samuel received a BA(Hons) in history from the University of Guelph, and then completed a Master of Arts in History in the Tri University Program from Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of Guelph, and the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr Roger Sarty. He has been twice awarded the Canadian Nautical Research Society’s Gerry Panting Award for Young Scholars. Samuel has presented at several conferences including CNRS conferences in 2010 and 2011, the 2012 “Britain and the Sea” at the University of Plymouth, and the 2013 “Navy and the Nation 1688 to the Present” at the National Maritime Museum. Presentations include a September 2013 Lunchtime Lecture at the National Army Museum in London. He has had several book reviews published in Northern Mariner, as well as an essay on the academic use of social media in Argonauta.

Sam has recently become a Councillor for the Canadian Nautical Research Society, and can be found on Twitter at @Canadian_Errant. Samuel’s Blog on this Site is “From the Gunroom”.


From the Gunroom

The time has come for me to admit that I made a substantial mistake. I have not paid sufficient attention to ‘Theory’. When I was in undergraduate, I thought that histo[...]
2016 has been a very, very tough year. In so many of the major events that have gone on this year- whether it was Brexit, the US Election, Black Lives Matter, public discourse has [...]
I am currently on holiday in New Zealand, and over the past few days, Ashley and I have visited Cape Reinga, Waitangi, and Russell. These are historically incredibly important as t[...]
On our holiday, Ashley and I have spent time in the Bay of Islands region of the North Island of New Zealand. In this blog, I talk about some of the things I found of interest to n[...]