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Edward (Halley) Barnet

Edward (Halley) Barnet
Edward (Halley) Barnet

Visiting Assistant Professor of History

Kirner-Johnson 228

Edward Halley Barnet is a historian of science who specializes in the relationship between music and science, as well as the early modern origins of neuroscience. He joins Hamilton as a visiting lecturer from the Stanford University, where he will earn his Ph.D. in Summer 2021. His dissertation, titled “Homo Musicus: The Early Modern Musical Sciences of Mind and Body,” traces the emergence of musical and acoustic models of life and mind in Western Europe from the late 17th to the early 19th centuries. Rooted in historical methodologies, Barnet’s work also draws many other disciplines within the humanities, including music, literary theory, and philosophy. Before coming to Stanford, Barnet earned his M.A. in history at Sciences Po Paris and his B.A. in History and French and the University of Alberta, in Edmonton. He is an avid cyclist and cook, and enjoys playing jazz guitar.

Select Publications

  • “A Perfect Fifth of Blue and Red: Enlightened Harmonies of the Senses.” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association. 30, no. 1 (2019), 145-173. https://doi.org/10.7202/1070634ar
  • “L’Académie des Sciences face à la Révolution française.” (Master’s Thesis, Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris) Supervisor: Stéphane Van Damme

Appointed to the Faculty: 2021

Educational Background

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris
B.A., University of Alberta

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