History and
Social Sciences

The faculty and students within our multidisciplinary department advance the study and practice of history and the social sciences through teaching, research, and outreach. Our research generates knowledge rooted in historical and social scientific approaches to the study of the human condition.


Edwards, Burton

Burton Van Name Edwards

Adjunct Professor, History and Social Sciences
Faculty Suite J, Room Office B, M

I graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, majoring in history, specializing in East Asian History. I received a PhD in History, specializing in Medieval European History. I also had a lengthy career as rare book cataloger, especially at the John Carter Brown Library

All periods of European and World History I have taught courses in Early and Late Medieval European History, Renaissance History, History of the Reformation, 17-18th century European intellectual history, 19th century European History, History of the book from 300 A.D. to 1600

Medieval European Bible commentaries Paleography, manuscript studies and the creation of critical edition of medieval Latin texts. 17th-18th century history of Barrington, R.I. and Swansea, Mass.