Wade Dudley earned his BS in Social Studies and MA in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University, and a PhD in History from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). His publications include eight books; Splintering the Wooden Wall: The British Blockade of the United States, 1812-1815 (Naval Institute). His research and publications focus on naval history and North Carolina history. Professor Dudley is the advisor to the award winning Lambda-Eta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society and serves the society in various capacities outside the university. He also serves as an Undergraduate Advisor for the department.