Geography-Anthropology

Matthew Edney

Professor of Geography; Osher Professor in the History of Cartography

Office Location

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

Phone

(207) 780-4767

Academic Degrees

  • B.Sc. (hons.), Geography, University College London (University of London) 1983
  • M.S., Cartography, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1985
  • Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1990

Profile

Matthew Edney 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. He then moved to USM to teach both Geography-Anthropology and American & New England Studies (the ANES program was eliminated in December 2014), and to be the “faculty scholar” in the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education. He became the Osher Professor in the History of Cartography in 2007.

In 2005, Matthew also became director of the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also a visiting professor of geography.

Matthew maintains a personal website where he explores ideas about mapping and map history: "Mapping as Process.” This site includes a complete list of his publications.

 

Courses Taught:

GEO 170: Global History: Mapping the World Across Cultures

GEO 270: Mapping Environments and People: Data Visualization and Analysis

GEO 370: Maps, Territory, Power

  • Also: independent studies and internships within the Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education
  • Also: many guest classes in other courses!

Research Interests

I am generally interested in all things cartographic, but especially map history. 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. Third, I have been working on a number of issues surrounding how map historians have thought about their subject, about the formation of the “modern cartographic ideal” (the body of concepts and presumptions that govern how people think about maps and mapping), and an alternative theoretical approach to understanding the processes underpinning the many modes of mapping.

Recent Publications

Edney, Matthew H., and Mary S. Pedley, eds. Cartography in the European Enlightenment. Volume 4 of The History of Cartography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. [in press] * this work includes multiple personal contributions on many aspects of eighteenth-century mapping. Edney, Matthew H. Cartography: The Ideal and Its History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2019. [in press] Edney, Matthew H. “Map History: Discourse and Process.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 68–79. London: Routledge, 2017. Edney, Matthew H. "Mapping, Survey and Science.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 145–58. London: Routledge, 2017. Edney, Matthew H. “The Rise of Systematic, Territorial Surveys.” In The Routledge Handbook of Mapping and Cartography, edited by Alexander J. Kent and Peter Vujakovic, 159–72. London: Routledge, 2017. Edney, Matthew H. “References to the Fore! Local Boosters, Historians, and Engineers Map Antebellum Portland, Maine.” Online essay, published 1 July 2017. www.oshermaps.org/special-map-exhibits/references-to-the-fore

Edney, Matthew H. Contributions to Cartography in the Twentieth Century, edited by Mark Monmonier. Volume 6 of The History of Cartography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015. Specifically: “Harley, J(ohn) Brian” (577–79); “Histories of Cartography” (607–14); “History of Cartography Project” (614–16); “Modes of Cartographic Practice” (978–80); “Woodward, David” (1761–64).

Edney, Matthew H. “Cartography and Its Discontents.” In “‘Deconstructing the Map’: 25 Years On,” special section edited by Reuben Skye Rose-Rosewood. Cartographica 50, no. 1 (2015): 9–13.

Edney, Matthew H. “Academic Cartography, the Internal History of Cartography, and the Critical Study of Mapping Processes.” In “People, Places and Ideas in the History of Cartography,” edited by Michael Heffernan. Imago Mundi 66, suppl. (2014): 83–106.

Edney, Matthew H. “A Content Analysis of Imago Mundi, 1935–2010.” In “People, Places and Ideas in the History of Cartography,” edited by Michael Heffernan. Imago Mundi 66, suppl. (2014): 107–31.