Welcome!

This is the website of Abby Mullen. I am an assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy, where I teach naval history.

I earned a PhD in history from Northeastern University in 2017. My book (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press), A Difficult Undertaking: Conflict and Cooperation in the First Barbary War, 1801-1805, looks at how the United States attempted to integrate into the Mediterranean community while fighting against Tripoli.  In the past, I have worked on Tropy, a research tool created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, and I continue to be an evangelist for its use. I made a podcast called Consolation Prize, a show about U.S. diplomacy on the ground through the eyes of American consuls. I have also worked on the Viral Texts project, where I did a variety of writing about historical topics related to newspapers.

In my spare time, I produce Big If True, a podcast for kids where my eleven-year-old and I talk to experts as we explore the truth about big things.

I’m on Twitter at @abbymullen.

Listen here to the newest episode of Big If True:

Listen here to the newest episode of Consolation Prize: