Matthew Edney studied for a B.Sc. in geography at University College London before
moving to the U.S.A. for graduate work in geography, cartography, and the history of
cartography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught at the State University of
New York at Binghamton for five years before moving to USM in 1995, at which time he
declared himself a willing refugee from GIS and digital mapping. USM has allowed him to
focus on his specific interests in map history, which have steadily expanded from the
history of surveying technologies and their role in nineteenth-century European state
formation and imperialism to encompass the wider practices and performances of map making
in Europe after 1600, and more particularly in the British Atlantic World, 1650-1800. It
was in this capacity that he was recruited as a coeditor for Cartography in the European
Enlightenment, volume 4 of The History of Cartography. Since 2005 he has also directed
the History of Cartography Project at the University of Wisconsin, dividing his time
between there and USM. 



Mathematical cosmography and the social ideology of British cartography, 1780–1820, Imago Mundi: The International Journal for the History of Cartography (1994)



Knowledge and Cartography in the Early Atlantic, Oxford Handbook of the Alantic World:1450-1850 (2011)

The Irony of Imperial mapping, The Imperial map: Cartography and the Mastery of Empire (2009)

Mapping Parts of the World, Maps: Finding Our place in the World (2007)



There's a Map For That (with Jordana Dym, Carla Lois, Jack Crowley, Susan Danforth, and Heidi Scott), JCBL 50th Anniversary Fellows Conference (2012)