Matthew H. Edney

Professor of Geography


Osher Map Library, 112 Glickman Family Library, Portland, ME

Contact Information

Phone: (207) 780-4767

Matthew was born and raised in southwest London, England. He came to the USA in the fall of 1983 and has lived here ever since. He taught at SUNY-Binghamton from 1990 to 1995. Then, he came to Maine and became an Associate Professor of both Geography-Anthropology and American & New England Studies at USM. He is also the Faculty Scholar at the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. He married his lovely wife in 2000 but hasn't had any kids yet.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Geography, May 1990, Ph.D.

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cartography, December 1985, M.S.

University College London (University of London), Geography, August 1983, B.Sc. with Honors

Courses Taught at USM

GEO 207: Maps: Making Sense of the World
GYA 210: Perspectives on Society, Culture, and Environment
ANE 633/GEO 450: The Mapping of New England
He has also given guest lectures on cartographic topics for courses in a number of departments (# given Fall 1995-Spring 2013): American & New England Studies (7), Art (6), Community and Planning Development (7), Undergraduate Core (2), English (12), Languages (4), Geography-Anthropology (29), History (48), Honors (5), and Women & Gender Studies (2); other institutions (18).

Research Interests

I am generally interested in all things cartographic, but especially map history. My dissertation, and many of my publications, deal with the British mapping of India between 1750 and 1850. I am currently engaged in three principal research projects. First, I'm working on the colonial mapping of New England and of North America more generally. Second, I co-edit Cartography in the European Enlightenment, Volume 4 of The History of Cartography, 6 volumes in 12 books, and moreover I have directed the entire series since July 2005. My work for the Project has led me to pay more attention to issues of historiography, to how map history has been pursued since the eighteenth century.

Recent Publications

Edney, Matthew H. “Hugh, Earl Percy Remakes His Map of New England.” Portolan, no. 84 (2012): 27-37.

Edney, Matthew H. “Plus ça change: Defining Academic Cartography for the Twenty-First Century.” Cartographica 47, no. 1 (2012): 64-69.

Edney, Matthew H. “Cartography's 'Scientific Reformation' and the Study of Topographical Mapping in the Modern Era.” In History of Cartography: International Symposium of the ICA Commission, 2010, ed. Elri Liebenberg and Imre Josef Demhardt, 287-303. Heidelberg: Springer for the International Cartographic Association, 2012.

Edney, Matthew H. “Field / Map: An Historiographic Review and Reconsideration.” In Scientists and Scholars in the Field: Studies in the History of Fieldwork and Expeditions, ed. Kristian H. Nielsen, Michael Harbsmeier, and Christopher J. Ries, 431-56. Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2012.

Edney, Matthew H. “Competition over Land, Competition over Empire: Public Discourse and Printed Maps of the Kennebec River, 1753-1755.” In Early American Cartographies, ed. Martin Brückner, 276-305. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2011.

Edney, Matthew H. “Knowledge and Cartography in the Early Atlantic.” In The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World, 1450-1850, ed. Nicholas Canny and Philip Morgan, 87-112. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

Edney, Matthew H. “Progress and the Nature of ‘Cartography.’” In Classics in Cartography: Reflections on Influential Articles from Cartographica, ed. Martin Dodge, 331-42. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.

Edney, Matthew H. “A Cautionary Historiography of ‘John Smith’s New England.’” Cartographica 46, no. 1 (2011): 1-27.

Edney, Matthew H. “Simon de Passe’s Cartographic Portrait of Captain John Smith and a New England (1616/7).” Word & Image 26 (2010): 186-213.

Edney, Matthew H. “The Anglophone Toponyms Associated with John Smith’s Description and Map of New England.” Names: A Journal of Onomastics 57, no. 4 (2009): 189-207.

Edney, Matthew H. “The Irony of Imperial Mapping.” In The Imperial Map:
Cartography and the Mastery of Empire, ed. James R. Akerman, 11-45.
Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Edney, Matthew H. “John Mitchell’s Map of North America (1755): A Study
of the Use and Publication of Official Maps in Eighteenth-Century
Britain.” Imago Mundi 60, no. 1 (2008): 63-85.

Edney, Matthew H. “Mapping Parts of the World.” In Maps: Finding Our
Place in the World, ed. James R. Akerman and Robert W. Karrow, Jr.,
117-57. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

Edney, Matthew H. “A Publishing History of John Mitchell’s 1755 Map of
North America.” Cartographic Perspectives, no. 58 (2007): 4-27 and 71-75.

Edney, Matthew H. The Origins and Development of J. B. Harley’s
Cartographic Theories. Cartographica Monograph, 54; Cartographica 40,
nos. 1 & 2. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005.

Edney, Matthew H. “Putting ‘Cartography’ into the History of
Cartography: Arthur H. Robinson, David Woodward, and the Creation of a
Discipline.” Cartographic Perspectives, no. 51 (2005): 14-29. Reprinted
with corrections in A Reader in Critical Geographies, ed. Salvatore
Engel-Di Mauro and Harald Bauder (Praxis (e)Press
«», 2008), 711–28.

Edney, Matthew H., and Susan Cimburek. "Telling the Traumatic Truth: William Hubbard's Narrative of King Philip's War and his Map of New-England (1677)." William & Mary Quarterly 3s 61, no. 2 (2004): 317-48.

New Publications

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Building Bridges Beyond the Quadrangle: The CAO and the External Community
(Book chapter by Mark Lapping in: Martin J, Samuels JE, eds. The Provost's Handbook: The Role of the Chief Academic Officer. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015:200-206.)

Health Data and Financing and Delivery System Reform: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? (Issue Brief by Barbara Shaw, Andy Coburn, Kimberley Fox, Andrea Gerstenberger, and Barbara Leonard)

New Jersey's Manage by Data Program: Changing Culture and Capacity to Improve Outcomes(Report by David Lambert and Julie Atkins).

Rural Implications of Medicaid Expansion under the Affordable Care Act. (Issue Brief by Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, and Andy Coburn).

Safety of Rural Nursing Home-to-Emergency Department Transfers: Improving Communication and Patient Information Sharing across Settings. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(1), 55-65. (Authors: Judy Tupper, Carolyn Gray, Karen Pearson, and Andy Coburn).

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