Welcome!

This is the website of Abby Mullen. I am an assistant professor at the United States Naval Academy, where I teach naval history. The views on this website are my own.

I earned a PhD in history from Northeastern University in 2017. My book (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press), To Fix a National Character: The United States in the First Barbary War, 1800–1805, 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 used to 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. We may start it up again sometime.

You can find me on the socials at:
Bluesky: @abbymullen.bsky.social
Instagram: @the_commodoress