Brian J. Payne
Ph.D., University of Maine, 2006
Assistant Professor of History
Old Dominion University
Brian Payne spent most of his youth roaming the New York-Ontario borderland. His early interests in Great Lakes maritime and US-Canadian history took him to the University of Maine in 1999, where he completed both his MA (2001) and PhD (2006). At UMaine he developed a new interest in environmental history and began research on labor disputes in the North Atlantic fisheries. His Master’s thesis is best summarized in his 2005 Acadiensis article, “Fishing the North Atlantic Border Seas: American Capital in a New Environment, 1818-1854.” Brian is currently working on his first manuscript, which is the end-result of his dissertation and is tentatively titled, Fishing a Borderless Sea: Environmental Territorialism in the North Atlantic, 1869-1910. While a graduate student at the University of Maine, Brian received significant financial support from the Department of History, the Canadian-American Center, and the Canadian Embassy. After graduating from UMaine Brian spent a year as a post-doctoral fellow at the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, DC; following which he accepted a tenure-track position at Old Dominion University where he teaches maritime and environmental history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Although from western New York, and currently living in southern Virginia, Brian still considers his seven years in Maine to be the most enjoyable and
influential of his life.