Dr. Elizabeth Nyman is an academic and writer who specializes in international maritime issues. Currently she is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Maritime Studies Coordinator at Texas A&M University at Galveston. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Florida State University, and a BA in international relations from the College of William and Mary.
Dr. Nyman’s research focuses on international maritime conflict, piracy, and environmental issues, and has been published in a variety of academic venues. She is particularly interested in oceanic resources, such as fish or offshore oil and gas, and how those impact state desires to control ocean spaces. She has conducted research in a variety of locations, from Iceland to Barbados to Canada, focusing on maritime issues such as the Cod Wars between Britain and Iceland and the flying fish dispute between Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also presented at a number of national and international conferences on island and maritime issues.
She was selected in 2013 for NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program, and set sail on a NOAA fisheries research vessel. In 2014, she received an ATLAS award from the Louisiana Board of Regents to finish her book manuscript, which considers areas of current and potential oceanic conflict.