Matthew H. Edney:
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B.Sc. (hons; first-class). Geography. University College London, University of London. 1983

M.S. Cartography. University of Wisconsin–Madison. 1985

Ph.D. Geography. University of Wisconsin–Madison. 1990

Academic Employment

State University of New York at Binghamton

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography. 1990–1995

University of Southern Maine, Portland

Associate Professor. Department of Geography-Anthropology and program in American & New England Studies. 1995–2008

Faculty Scholar. Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. 1995–date

Osher Professor in the History of Cartography (endowed chair). 2007–date

Professor. Program in American & New England Studies. 2008–2014

Professor. Department of Geography–Anthropology. 2008–date

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2004–2005)

Visiting Associate Professor. Program in American Culture. 2004–2005

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Director, History of Cartography Project. Department of Geography. 2005–date

Associate Scientist. 2005–2012

Senior Scientist. 2012–date

Visiting Professor. Department of Geography. 2009–date

Recent and Current Scholarship

Note: see the classified bibliography on this site for full listing of all publications, organized by area and period of scholarship, with PDFs for most essays.

Recent Publications

Cartography: The Ideal and Its History. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2019. ISBN 978-0-226-60554-8 cloth; 978-0-226-60568-5 paper; 978-0-226-60571-5 e-book. (xiii + 309 pages; ca. 110,000 words)

“‘Analemmas’ on Globes.” Globe Studies: The Journal of the International Coronelli Society, nos. 64/65 (2018): 37–58. Simultaneously published as “»Analemmata« auf Globen,” translated by Andreas Christoph, Der Globusfreund, nos. 64/65 (2018): 39–61.

“Map History: Discourse and Process”; “Mapping, Survey and Science”; and “The Rise of Systematic, Territorial Surveys.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 68–79, 145–58, and 159–72. London: Routledge, 2017.

Selected Recent Invited Presentations

“The History of Cartography Project.” New York Map Society. New York Public Library. 2 May 2019.

The History of Cartography and the Exploration of Early and Modern Maps.” Washington Map Society. Geography and Map Division, Library of Congress. 21 March 2019.

“The Limits to Mapping.” Inaugural lecture for series on “Mapping as Knowing,” Franke Program in Science and the Humanities, Yale University. 27 September 2018.

“Reinterpreting the Materiality of Maps.” Rare Book School, University of Virginia. 23 July 2018.

“Of Lectures, Libraries, and Maps: The Nebenzahl Lectures and the Study of Map History.” Keynote lecture for the 19th Nebenzahl Lectures, “Maps, Their Collecting and Study: A Fifty Year Retrospective,” organized by James R. Akerman. The Newberry Library, Chicago. 27 October 2016.

Selected Recent Public Lectures

“Mapping Maine in the Nineteenth Century.” Androscoggin Historical Society, Auburn, Me. 23 April 2019.

“History of Cartography: Is the World’s Oldest Map a Map?” Wednesday Nite @ The Lab. Science Outreach Program, University of Wisconsin–Madison. 3 April 2019.

“The Joy of Old Maps: Mapping Bath, the Kennebec, and Maine.” Patten Free Library, Bath, Me. 7 December 2018.

“Mapping the Coast of Colonial Maine: Local Colonists vs. Imperial Agents.” Lincoln County Historical Association, Wiscasset, Me.. 25 February 2018.

“Is the World’s Oldest Map Really a Map? Rethinking Maps and Their History.” Skidompha Public Library, Damariscotta, Maine. 9 November 2017.

“What’s Captain John Smith’s Portrait Doing on his Map of New England?” Camden Public Library, Camden, Maine. 13 October 2016; Nobleboro Historical Society, Nobleboro, Maine. 10 September 2016.