Biography"As an instructor I take pleasure in being part of the process of teaching students that the world is a much bigger place than they ever imagined."
Dr. Katie Bojakowski is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair of the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. She holds a doctorate and a Master of Arts in Nautical Archaeology from Texas A&M, where she graduated magnum cum laude on both occasions. She also graduated magnum cum laude from Eastern Washington University, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. Dr. Bojakowski’s graduate degrees focus on her primary research interest: the study of ancient and historical shipwrecks. She’s participated on several shipwreck excavations throughout her career and is currently the co-director of The Warwick Project, which is a collaborative effort between several groups to excavate the race-built galleon Warwick, which wrecked while at anchorage in Bermuda during a hurricane in 1619. Dr. Bojakowski encourages her students to be curious. She says, “I find teaching at Ashford both extremely rewarding and continually challenging. The college experience is often defined by introducing students to critical thinking and self-reflection. As an instructor I take pleasure in being part of the process of teaching students that the world is a much bigger place than they ever imagined.” Dr. Bojakowski lives in Washington State and is most happy on a sailboat or scuba diving underneath it. She spends most of her free time hiking, camping, and going on backpacking expeditions with her husband (Dr. Piotr Bojakowski is an Associate Faculty in the Anthropology Program here at Ashford) and two children.
Dr. Bojakowski was appointed a Research Associate of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and awarded the Marion Cook Graduate Fellow and the College of Liberal Arts Dissertation Award from Texas A&M University. Her doctoral research was also funded by a fellowship from the Arquivo Nacional de Torre do Tombo in Lisbon, Portugal where she conducted primary research in the Portuguese National Archives.
Dr. Bojakowski funded her research on the Warwick Project through competitive grants from the National Geographic Society, the Perot Foundation, the Rose Marrow Foundation, the Institute of Nautical Archaeology, the Global Exploration and Overlanding Society, and the Center for Marine Archaeology and Conservation. The Warwick Project was also awarded Flag #132 from the prestigious Explorer’s Club.
Dr. Bojakowski presented two papers at the Society of Historical Archaeology Conference in 2015 entitled: The Wreck of the Warwick: History and Analysis of an early 17th-century Virginia Company Ship; The Emerald Bay Project: Digital Monitoring of Two 19th-century Submerged Barges. She also chaired a session entitled: Mercantilism and Hegemony; the crossroads of maritime ventures in the Americas from the 16th to 18th centuries.
Dr. Bojakowski presented the keynote address at the annual conference Shipwrecks 2014: Maritime Tragedies of the 20th Century in March in Victoria, BC, Canada.