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Dr. Robert K. Batchelor

Batch-2016Professor of History and Director of Digital Humanities (2002).
B.A., Cornell, 1990; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA, 1992, 1999.

Teaching and Research Interests: Modern Britain, Early Modern East Asia and Pacific, Digital Humanities, History of Games, History of Cartography

Upper Division Courses:

  • HIST 3431 England Since 1603
  • HIST 3434 Modern European Thought
  • HIST 5339 Britain and the World
  • HUMN 3431 Introduction to Digital Humanities
  • HUMN 4631 Experimental Historical Games


Contact Information:

Department of History
Georgia Southern University
P. O. Box 8054
Statesboro, GA 30460-8054

Office: #2091, Interdisciplinary Academic Building
Tel.: 912- 478-5607
Fax: (912) 478- 0377

Selected Publications:

  • London: The Selden Map and the Making of a Global City, 1549-1687. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, January 2014.
  • “The Global and the Maritime: Divergent Paradigms for Understanding the Role of Translation in the Emergence of Early Modern Science.” In Patrick Manning, ed. Found in Translation: World History of Science, 1000-1800 CE (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), 75-90.
  • “John Bradby Blake, the Chinese Tallow Tree and the Infrastructure of Botanical Experimentation.” Curtis’s Botanical Magazine 34, no. 4 (December 2017), 402-426.
  • “Maps, Calendars and Diagrams: Space and Time in Seventeenth-Century Maritime East Asia.” In Tonio Andrade and Xing Hang, eds. Sea Rovers, Silk, and Samurai: Maritime East Asia in World History, 1500-1750 (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2016), 86-113.
  • “從《東西洋航海圖》觀察東亞群島/ Viewing the East Asian Archipelago through the Selden Map,” in 針路藍縷:明代海外貿易與牛津大學珍藏《東西洋航海圖》圖錄及論文集 / Mapping Ming China’s Maritime World – The Selden Map and Treasures from the University of Oxford (Hong Kong: Hong Kong Maritime Museum, 2015).

Professional Activities, Honors, and Awards:

  • Imago Mundi Nebenzhal Award, 2015
  • Imago Mundi Prize, Best Article 2013-2014.
  • Georgia Humanities Council Project Grant, 2009, Waddie Welcome Digital Archive

Current Research:

  • Historical mapping of ocean currents and early modern shipping routes in the Pacific, digital project with World History Gazetteer (
  • Games and History [“Fujian Trader” board game with Sari Gilbert (Savannah: Thinking Past, 2016)]
  • Book Project: The Maritime
  • Editor of Themed Issue, “Jesuit Cartography,” Journal of Jesuit Studies [forthcoming, January 2019]

Last updated: 12/14/2023