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Kristen D. Burton

Kristen D. Burton is a doctoral candidate in the transatlantic history program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her dissertation project, titled "John Barleycorn vs. Sir Richard Rum: Alcohol, the Atlantic, and the Confluence of Drinking Cultures, 1650-1800," examines the production, consumption, and cultural influence of alcohol in colonial North America. For her Master’s thesis, she studied the industrialization of beer brewing in London, which resulted in the article, “The Citie Calls for Beere: the Introduction of Hops and the Foundation of Industrial Brewing in Early Modern London,” published in the Journal of the Brewery History Society (February 2013). In addition to research, Kristen is the co-founder and senior editor of Traversea, a new online, open access journal of transatlantic history.

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