Department of History | Brooklyn College | Brooklyn 11210

Edwin G. Burrows
Distinguished Professor of History
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Macaulay Honors College Seminar II
Core Studies 2.2 Shaping of the Modern World
Hist 41.1 The Colonial World
Hist 3420 The Revolutionary Generation (was Hist 41.2)
Hist 3480
History of New York City to 1898 (was Hist 44)
Hist 7740x Colloquium in Early American History
Spring 2012
Hist 62 Colloquium in History & Biography  
Hist 63 Colloquium in Social History  
Hist 66 Colloquium in Cultural History
Hist 741.1 Colonial America  
Hist 741.2 American Revolution & Constitution
Hist 760 New York City to 1898

Selected Publications

Forgotten Patriots: The Untold Story of American Prisoners During the Revolutionary War (Basic Books: New York, 2008)

"The News from Occupied Flatbush," America in Britain 43 (2005).

"Kings County," in Joseph S. Tiedemann and Eugene R. Fingerhut (eds.), The Other New York: The American Revolution Beyond New York City (2005)

"Manhattan at War" in Michael Sorkin and Sharon Zukin (eds.) After the Trade Center (Routledge, 2002), 23-32.

"Introduction" to Thomas A. Janvier, In Old New York (St. Martinís Press: New York, 2000)

Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. With Mike Wallace (Oxford Univ. Press: New York, 1999)

"Corruption," in Eric Foner and John A. Garraty (eds.), The Reader's Companion to American History . (Boston, 1991)

Albert Gallatin and the Political Economy of Republicanism. (New York, 1986)

"Corruption in Government," in Jack P. Greene (ed.),Encyclopedia of American Political History. (New York, 1984)

Honors & Awards

2009/ Recipient of the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award for the Best Book on the American Revolution published in 2008

2003/ Distinguished Professor of History, Brooklyn College

2002-03/ Visiting Distinguished Professor of History at Hofstra University

2002/ Selected for the Distinguished Lectureship Series of the Organization of American Historians (3-year term); chosen "favorite professor" in Brooklyn College Yearbook

2001/ Named Broeklundian Professor of History at Brooklyn College; recipient of the Presidential Medal at Hofstra University; named Author of the Year by the Presbyterian Writers Guild.

2000/ Elected a Fellow of the Society of American Historians; awarded the Washington Irving medal by the St. Nicholas Society; recipient of the Wolfe Fellowship, Brooklyn College.

1999/ Pulitzer Prize in History for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898; recipient of the Brendan Gill Award from the Municipal Art Society; Gotham chosen Best Book of the Year by the New York Society Library; named Claire and Leonard Tow Professor of History for 1999-2000; recipient of the Brooklyn College Award for Creative Achievement.

1998/ Named a "Centennial Historian of New York"

1995/ Voted "Best Core 4 Teacher" by student newspaper, Excelsior

1992/ Recipient of the Wolfe Fellowship, Brooklyn College

Research Interests

I have two projects currently underway. (1) a study of New York's Crystal Palace, which stood from 1853 to 1858 on Reservoir Square (now the site of Bryant Park); and (2) a book about the social experience of the American Revolution as reflected in the stories of a half-dozen communities. I am also gathering materials for books on the history of historical writing about New York City as well as the history of  political corruption in the United States.