Kristen D. Burton

Kristen D. Burton is a doctoral candidate in the transatlantic history program at the University of Texas at Arlington. She received B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Oklahoma State University in 2008 and 2010, respectively. 

Kristen specializes in the history of alcohol in the early modern Atlantic World. Her Master’s thesis, “The Citie Calls for Beere: the Introduction of Hops and the Foundation of Industrial Brewing in London, 1200-1700," focused on beer brewing in medieval and early modern England. Her doctoral dissertation, "John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Distilling of Colonial Identity, 1650-1800," focuses on the transatlantic movement and changes in perceptions of alcohol in the Atlantic World during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Kristen is a Marc Friedlaender Fellow at the Massachusetts Historical Society and a Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon


Blog Posts

  • “A Toast to Your Health”: Getting Drunk in Colonial America

    What was it like to get drunk in colonial America? Historian Kristen D. Burton explores the drinking cultures of the sodden society that was the Thirteen Colonies, including a Boston judge's attempts to disperse a drunken and sarcastic tavern crowd.

    Published February 25, 2013