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S. Max Edelson

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
431 Nau Hall
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University (1999)

M.A., Johns Hopkins University (1997)
M.Litt., University of Oxford (1994)
B.A., Cornell University (1992)
Deep Springs College, Class of 1988
AS-HIST Map Scholar: A Web Tool for Publishing Interactive Cartographic Collections
Source: U.S. Nfah - Nat'L Endowment For The Humanities
September 01, 2012 – August 31, 2016
FORU 1500: Introduction to the Forums
Credits: 3
This course will introduce first-year students to their forum topic. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums.)
FORU 1510: Continuing the Forum
Credits: 1
This course follows the first-semester introductory forum class and keeps students engaged in the content of their forum. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums.)
HIUS 2053: American Slavery
Credits: 3
This course will introduce students to the history of slavery in the United Sates.
HIST 2212: Maps in World History
Credits: 3
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the history of cartography that ranges across the globe from oldest surviving images of pre-history to GIS systems of the present day. It approaches map history from a number of disciplinary perspectives, including the history of science, the history of cartography, critical theory and literary studies, anthropology, historical geography, and spatial cognition and wayfinding.
FORU 2500: Forum Capstone Experience
Credits: 3
This course is the capstone course for forum students. It is to be taken in the fourth semester by forum students only. Students should enroll in the section associated with the forum to which they were accepted. (See for information on the forums).
HIUS 3011: Colonial British America
Credits: 3
This course tells the story of British America from an Atlantic perspective. The thirteen colonies that formed the United States were once part of a larger empire that spanned eastern North America and the Caribbean. From 1500 to 1800, cross-cultural encounters among Africans, Native Americans, and Europeans created a dynamic new world. Key topics trade, religion, agriculture, slavery, warfare, and the origins of the American Revolution.
PAVS 4500: Pavilion Seminar
Credits: 3
The Pavilion Seminars are open, by instructor permission, to 3rd and 4th year students. They are 3-credit, multidisciplinary seminars, focused on big topics and limited to max. 15 students each. For detailed descriptions of current offerings, see
HIST 5501: Historical Geospatial Visualization
Credits: 3
This seminar-based workshop introduces advanced undergraduate and graduate students to a variety of methods and platforms for digital research featuring geospatial data. Students will contribute to a common research project as they learn geospatial visualization methods using ArcGIS Online, MapScholar, Neatline, and VisualEyes. Tutorials with visualization experts, discussions of common readings, and independent projects will be featured. Prerequisite: Graduate student or College 3rd or 4th year.
HIUS 5559: New Course in United States History
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of United States history.
HIUS 7031: Colonial British America
Credits: 3
This colloquium offers an introduction to themes, regions, and debates in the history of colonial and Revolutionary America. It will focus on colonization, development, and cultural encounter in early North America, West Indies, and the Atlantic World in the early modern period, ca. 1600-1800, from a variety of historical approaches.
HIST 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
HIST 8999: Research in History
Credits: 1–12
For master's essay and other research carried out prior to advancement to candidacy, taken under the supervision of the student's adviser.
HIUS 9023: Tutorial in Early American History to 1763
Credits: 3
The course examines the historiography of colonial British America and the Atlantic world from the late sixteenth century through the late eighteenth century. It surveys scholarship on the imperial and Atlantic contexts of early modern colonization and focuses on the regional histories of settlement and development in North America and the Caribbean with a special focus on Native Americans and African Slavery.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading
Credits: 3
Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.
HIST 9962: General Exam Preparation
Credits: 3
In this course, students will prepare for the general examination under the guidance of a faculty examiner. During the course, the student will identify relevant readings; complete and review those readings; and explore the larger questions raised by those readings and their fields more generally.
HIST 9964: Master's Essay Revision
Credits: 3
This course is intended for PhD candidates to revise their master's essays for publication under the guidance of a member of the graduate faculty. It is typically taken in first semester of the second year of study.
HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 3–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.

Finalist, 2018 George Washington Book Prize, C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience/Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History/George Washington’s Mount Vernon, for The New Map of Empire: How Britain Imagined America before Independence

Learning Technology Incubator (LTI) grant, “Developing Effective Geo-Spatial Digital Pedagogy,” Arts and Sciences Learning Design and Technology, University of Virginia, 2017

Mellon Indigenous Arts Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost’s Office, University of Virginia, 2017

Project Director, National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Implementation Grant (MapScholar), 2012-2016

ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2010

J. B. Harley Research Fellowship in the History of Cartography, 2009

Kislak Fellowship in American Studies, Library of Congress, Washington, DC , 2007-2008