"My research involves sea stories told in English court rooms. I have found a fascinating mixture of history, law and the art of storytelling in Admiralty Court cases of the 17th Century. Judges in that era of overseas expansion heard thousands of disputes involving sailors, shipmasters and ship owners. I have pieced together the legal records of about 1,500 such trials from a host of manuscript sources in London. And I am now writing a book on the Court's activities in the period."
Years at Knox: 1973 to present
Ph.D., History, 1972, University of Chicago.
M.A., History, 1967, University of Chicago.
B.A., Economics, 1965, Oberlin College.
European civilization, historiography, enlightenment Europe, English history from 1066, Ireland and England from 1607.
Philip Green Wright-Lombard College Prize for Distinguished Teaching, 2002.
"Freight Law in the Seventeenth-Century Admiralty Court." The Journal of Legal History 27 (2006): 175-197.
"Bottomry Bonds in the Seventeenth-Century Admiralty Court." American Journal of Legal History, 2001.
"Collisions, Prohibitions, and the Admiralty Court in Seventeenth-Century London." Law and History Review 21 (2003).
"Litigious Mariners: Wage Cases in the Seventeenth Century Admiralty Court." Historical Journal 42 (1999).
Campus & Community Involvement
Member, Phi Beta Kappa.
What Students Say
"Professor Steckley has a talent for bringing the material to life, and for bringing so much energy to his classes. At the same time, he's an excellent advisor, always with an open door, listening ear, and kind words."
-Susie Stone, History major
Music and writing students collaborated and performed with renowned bassist and composer Ben Allison, as jazz fans got a live, free preview of Allison's new album, during Knox's inaugural Mirza Jazz Residency.
Knox's Team X-Ray places second among 15 liberal arts colleges that competed in an intense regional contest involving programming teams from colleges and universities in five states.
Finals and term projects can be more than tests and papers, as Knox College faculty make engaging assignments and exams -- including design your own superhero -- to evaluate student academic achievements.