Max Edling is an expert on the American founding and early United States. A native of Sweden he did his undergraduate studies at Lund University before earning an MPhil degree from the University of Dublin, a PhD degree in history from Cambridge University and a PhD degree in political science from Stockholm University. He was awarded the Docent degree by Uppsala University in 2012. Before joining King’s in 2012 Edling taught at Uppsala University and Loughborough University. Edling has been visiting professor at Cornell University and Stanford University.
Dr Edling’s research has focused on the American founding and the creation of the American state. His most recent project was an investigation of the fiscal system and public finances in the United States from the American Revolution to the aftermath of the Civil War, with a focus on the funding of war and territorial expansion. Dr Edling is currently working on a short book on the origins of the US Constitution. A complementary study challenges the idea of the United States as the first liberal nation by investigating the composite or imperial structure of the early American polity.