Sal Mercogliano

Sal Mercogliano

Formal First Name
Salvatore (Sal)

Dr. Salvatore Mercogliano is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Criminal Justice and Political Science at Campbell University - North Carolina, and an Adjunct Professor for Maritime Industry Policy at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Sal is a former merchant mariner, having worked both afloat and ashore for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command where he sailed as 3rd Mate onboard USNS Comfort during the Persian Gulf War. He is skilled in maritime operations, maritime history, emergency medical services, and military history. In addition, he is a frequent contributor and commentator on the intersection between commercial and military shipping and is currently working on several productions regarding the grounding of MV Ever Given in the Suez Canal in March 2021. Sal is the author of Fourth Arm of Defense: Sealift and Military Logistics during the Vietnam War.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He courses in Campbell include Western Civilization, US History, Civil War, American Military Experience, World Maritime History, Regional Terrorism, Insurgency, and Maritime Security.

  • He serves as Co-Chair of the Student Research Committee and the Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA and Big South Conference for Campbell.



  • Sal has written several articles for Sea History. Ships of Comfort and Mercy chronicles the history of hospital ships in Sea History 171.

  • He wrote extensively about the Jones Act in Sea History 169, and German ocean liners in Sea History 161.



  • He is a frequent contributor to gCaptain, Sea History, the Center for International Maritime Security, the United States Naval Institute Proceedings and Sea History magazine.

  • He hosts The Maritime History Channel podcast and What’s Going on With Shipping on YouTube.

  • He has also appeared as a guest on Real Vision. 



  • Captain, Northwest Harnett Volunteer Fire Department

  • Trustee, National Maritime Historical Society

  • Member, Sea History Editorial Advisory Board

  • Vice President, North American Society for Oceanic History

  • Advisory Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration