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Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research Interests and Selected Publications

B. R. Burg received his Ph. D. in early American history in 1967 from the University of Colorado. His research combines social history and various aspects of anthropology in the study of all-male sexuality within military organizations--pirates, ships' crews, cabin boys, and the like. He is the author of several dozen articles, and his books include Sodomy and the Pirate Tradition: English Sea Rovers in the Seventeenth-Century Caribbean (New York: New York University Press, 1983); An American Seafarer in the Age of Sail: The Erotic Diaries of Philip C. Van Buskirk, 1851-1870 (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1994) and Gay Warriors: A Documentary History from the Ancient World to the Present (New York: New York University Press, 2002). His most recent book is Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency and Courts Martial in Nelson's Navy (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). He is currently at work on a book dealing with homoeroticism in the United States Navy.

Teaching Interests and Courses

Before coming to Arizona State University in 1967, Professor Burg taught at the University of Colorado in Denver. He now teaches occasional graduate-level seminars on various topics, but in recent years has been involved in the Arizona State University distance education program. He currently teaches web-based courses on early American history and West Indian piracy. Burg is also preparing an online course dealing with European westward voyages in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and New World exploration. In addition to teaching at the University of Colorado and Arizona State University, he has also taught at Quaid-I-Azam University in Pakistan, Institut Agama Islami Negri in Indonesia and at the American Studies Research Centre in Hyderabad, India, where he served as Director from 1995 to 1997.

Professional Service Activities

Over the past four decades, Professor Burg has served in various posts in a variety of organizations. He has worked as a consultant for both governmental and non-governmental agencies, spoken to numerous groups and organizations, and been employed as a consultant with the Educational Testing Service at Princeton, New Jersey.

Publications
  • . . Review of: Frigidity: An Intellectual History (2012).
  • . . Review of: From Forecastle to Cabin (2012).
  • . . Review of: Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill (2012).
  • . . Review of: Treasure, Treason, and The Tower: El Dorado and the Murder of Sir Walter Raleigh (2012).
  • . . Review of: Catholic Pirates and Greek Merchants: A Maritime History of the Mediterranean (2011).
  • . . Review of: Pacific Gibraltar: U. S.-Japanese Rivalry over the Annexation of Hawaii, 1885-1898 (2011).
  • . . Review of: Piracy and Maritime Crime: Historical and modern case Studies (2011).
  • . . Review of: Pirate Hunting: The Fight against pirates, privateers, and sea raiders from antiquity to the present (2011).
  • . . Review of: Friends in Peace and War: The Russian Navy's Landmark Visit to Civil War San Francisco (2010).
  • . . Review of: Life under the Jolly Roger: Reflections on the Golden Age of Piracy (2010).
  • . . Review of: Warship under Sail: The USS Decatur in the Pacific West (2010).
  • B. R. Burg. The HMS AFRICAINE Revisited: The Royal Navy and the Homosexual Community. Journal of Homosexuality (2009).
  • B. R. Burg (ed.). Rebel at Large: The Diary of Confederate Deserter Philip Van Buskirk. (2009).
  • . . Review of: Commanding Lincoln's Navy: Union Naval Leadership during the Civil War (2009).
  • . . Review of: Desire: A History of European Sexuality (2009).
  • . . Review of: George Washington's Secret Navy" How the American Revolution Went to Sea (2009).
  • . . Review of: The Origins ane Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies (2009).
  • . . Review of: Dead Men Tell No Tales: The Lives and Legends of the Pirate Charles Gibbs (2008).
  • . . Review of: Shipwrecks, Sea Raiders, and Maritime Disasters along the Delmarva Coast, 1632-2004 (2008).
  • . . Review of: The White Pacific: US Imperialism and Black Slavery in the South Seas after the Civil War (2008).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Giovanni Varrazano. The Oxford Companion to World Exploration (2007).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Boys at Sea: Sodomy, Indecency, and Courts Martial in Nelson's Navy. (2007).
  • . . Review of: America: A Concise History (2007).
  • . . Review of: Commodore John Rodgers: Paragon of the Early American Navy (2007).
  • . . Review of: Long Before Stonewall: Histories of Same-sex Sexuality in Early America (2007).
  • . . Review of: Seafarers, Merchants, and Pirates in the Middle Ages (2007).
  • . . Review of: The End of the Barbary Terror: America's 1815 War against the Barbary Pirates (2007).
  • . . Review of: The Officers of the CSS Shenandoah (2007).
  • Golson, Jeff. Francis Marion. One Day in History, Smithsonian's One Day in History series (2006).
  • . . Review of: John Paul Jones, America's First Sea Warrior (2006).
  • . . Review of: Martial Races: The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (2006).
  • . . Review of: Sex Among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 (2006).
  • . . Review of: Spain's Men of the Sea: Daily Life on the Indies Fleets in the Sixteenth Century (2006).
  • . . Review of: The Creation of the British Atlantic World (2006).
  • . . Review of: The Times and Trials of Anne Hutchinson: Puritans Divided (2006).
  • . . Review of: William Stimson's Journal (2006).
  • Burg, Barry. Information on Everyday Life from Historical Documents. (2006).
  • . . Review of: Liberty on the Waterfront: American Maritime Culture in the Age of Revolution (2005).
  • . . Review of: Life and Death in the Age of Sail: The Passage to Australia (2005).
  • . . Review of: Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis DuPont (2005).
  • . . Review of: Master's Mate Lawrence with the African Squadron, 1844-1846 (2005).
  • . . Review of: The Expansion of Elizabethan England (2005).
  • . . Review of: The Military, Race and Masculinity in British Imperial Culture, 1857-1914 (2005).
  • . . Review of: Union Jacks: Yankee Sailors in the Civil War (2005).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Joseph Dudley (1647-1720). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004).
  • . . Review of: Sea of Glory. America's Voyage of Discovery: The U. S. Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842 (2004).
  • . . Review of: Sexual Revolution in Early America: Gender Relations in the American Experience (2004).
  • . . Review of: The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800 (2004).
  • . . Review of: Voyages of Delusion: The Quest for the Northwest Passage (2004).
  • Barry Burg. Officers, Gentlemen, "Man Talk" and Group Sex in the "Old Navy," 1870-1873. Journal of the History of Sexuality (2003).
  • Barry Burg. Roundtable Discussion of Christopher McKee's "Sober Men and True: Sailor Lives in the Royal Navy, 1900-1945", with a Response by Christopher McKee. International Journal of Maritime History (2003).
  • . . Review of: Diary of a Countraband: The Civil War Passage of a Black Sailor (2003).
  • . . Review of: Puritanism and the Great Awakening (2003).
  • . . Review of: Rereading Sex: Battles over Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in nineteenth-century America (2003).
  • . . Review of: Slaves, Sailors, and Citizens: African Americans in the Union Navy (2003).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Admiral Sir William Penn. Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia (2002).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Birkenhead. Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia (2002).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Buccaneers. Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia (2002).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Samuel Pepys. Naval Warfare: An International Encyclopedia (2002).
  • Burg, Barry Richard. Gay Warriors: From the Iliad to the Twentieth Century. (2002).
  • Barry Burg. Behind the Lines in the West: The Civil War Diary of a Confederate Deserter, 1861-1865. Lincoln Herald (2001).
  • Barry Burg. Dissenter's Diary: Philip C. Van Buskirk, the U. S. Navy, and the Han River Massacre of 1871. International Journal of Maritime History (2000).
Spring 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
HST 109United States to 1865
HST 204Historical Themes in the US
Presentations
  • Burg, Barry. Pirates of the Caribbean. (Aug 2006).
  • Burg, Barry. Organization on the Royal Navy in the 18th Century (Aug 2005).
  • Burg, Barry. Sodomy, Mutiny, and the Royal Navy: The Trial of Captain Henry Angel, 1762. Western Social Science Association (Apr 2005).
  • Burg, Barry. Philip Van Buskirk and the Bonin Islands: Information on Everyday Life from Historical Documents. SICRI Annual COnference (Small Island Cultures Research Initiative) (Feb 2005).
  • Burg, Barry. Sodomy Prosecutions in the Georgian Navy: The Warrant Officer as Defendant. Western Social Science Association (Apr 2004).
  • Burg, Barry. Organization of American Historians annual meeting
Service
  • Memorial Union Advisory Board, Faculty Representative (2007 - Present)
  • PUNJAB UNIVERSITY RESEARCH JOURNAL (Arts), Board member (2007 - Present)
  • Committee for the certificate program, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Undergraduate Certificate Program, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Executive Committee, CLAS Senate, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Food service sub-committee of the MUAB, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Academic Senate, History Department, Senator (2005 - Present)
  • CLAS Senate, History Department, Senator (2005 - Present)
  • Gender and Woman Working Group, Member (2005 - Present)
  • The Salon, Invited Guest Speaker (2005 - Present)
  • Longmans (Publisher), Manuscript Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • Phi Alpha Theta Brown Bag Lunch, I gave a talk on my current research (2005 - Present)
  • Fulbright Student Reception and Dinner, Facilitator (2005 - Present)
  • Sigma Alpha MU, Faculty Sponsor (2003 - Present)
  • North American Field Committee, Member (1997 - Present)
  • Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity, Faculty Advisor (2007 - 2015)
  • Choice, Staff Reviewer (1970 - 2012)
  • Memorial Union Advisory Board, Faculty Representative (2008 - 2012)
  • Maricopa County LGBT Consortium, Consultant (2010 - 2012)
  • Arizona Fulbright Association, Board Member (2008 - 2012)
  • Arizona Chapter, The Fulbright Association, President (2009 - 2011)
  • Arizona Fulbright Welcome Reception, Speaker (2010 - 2010)
  • Western Social Science Association, Discussant (2010 - 2010)
  • Memorial Union Advisory Board, Construction Committee (2008 - 2009)
  • Dining Services Committee, Memorial Union Activities Board, Co-chair (2006 - 2008)
  • Memorial Union Activities Board, Board Member (2006 - 2008)
  • University Affairs Committee, Member (2005 - 2008)
  • "Undiscovered Florida" magizine, Helped out with article (2007 - 2007)
  • Arizona Chapter of the Fulbright Association, Participant (2007 - 2007)
  • Bainbridge High School, (2007 - 2007)
  • Pan Hellenic and IFC, Participant (2006 - 2006)
  • Academic Senate, History Department, Senior Senator (2003 - 2004)
  • CLAS Committee of Review, Member (2004)
  • CLAS Senate, History Department, Senator (2004)
  • Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, Member (2004)
  • St. Martin's Press, Manuscript reviewer (2004)
  • Arizona Fulbright Committee, Board Member (2002 - 2004)
  • Arizona Cast Bullet Association, Vice-President (2003)
  • Arizona R.E.S.C.U.E, Volunteer (2003)
  • Arizona State Gun Devils, Faculty Sponsor (2003)
  • Fulbright Alumni Association, Member and multiple Fulbright recipient (2003)
  • International Educational Task Force, Committee Chair (2003)
  • Longman, Manuscript Reviewer (2003)
  • Lynne Rienner Publishers, Manuscript Reviewer (2003)
  • Pakistan Journal of American Studies, Editorial Board Member (2003)
  • Phoenix Rod and Gun Club, Member (2003)
  • The Historical Society, Regional Coordinator (2003)
  • Yale University Press, Manuscript Reviewer (2003)
  • ASU, Guest and awardee (Present)
  • Ad hoc committee to evaluate graduate student assistants, member (Present)