Burton at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
|Residence||Clemson, South Carolina|
|Awards||U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year (1999)
American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teacher Award (2003)
|Alma mater||Furman University
|Discipline||History, Social science|
Orville Vernon Burton is a professor of history at Clemson University and Director of the Clemson CyberInstitute. He was formerly Director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (CHASS) and professor of History and Sociology at the University of Illinois He is also a Senior Research Scientist at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where he is Associate Director for Humanities and Social Sciences. Burton is the author of more than a hundred articles and the author or editor of fourteen books, including In My Father's House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (subject of sessions at the Southern Historical Association and the Social Science History Association’s annual meetings; submitted for Pulitzer) and The Age of Lincoln (winner of the 2007 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for non-fiction).
Burton was born in Royston, Georgia and grew up in Ninety Six, South Carolina. He did his undergraduate studies at Furman University and received his Ph.D. in American History from Princeton University.
Recognized for his teaching, Burton was selected nationwide as the 1999 U.S. Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year (presented by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education). He received the American Historical Association’s Eugene Asher Distinguished Teacher Award for 2003. Within the University of Illinois, Burton has won teaching awards at the department, school, college, and campus levels and received the 2006 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement from the University of Illinois.
- Class, Conflict, and Consensus: Antebellum Southern Community Studies (1982)
- In My Father's House Are Many Mansions: Family and Community in Edgefield, South Carolina (1987)
- A Gentleman and an Officer: A Military and Social History of James B. Griffin's Civil War (1996)
- Computing in the Social Sciences and Humanities (2002)
- The Free Flag of Cuba : The Lost Novel of Lucy Holcombe Pickens (2002)
- Slavery in America (2007)
- The Age of Lincoln (2008)
- “The South as ‘Other,’ the Southerner as Stranger,” Journal of Southern History, 79 (Feb. 2013), 7–50. his 2012 presidential address
- Dixie Redux: Essays in Honor of Sheldon Hackney. Montgomery: New South Books. (2013) (co-editor with Raymond Arsenault)
- Nixon, Angela; Pridgen, Margaret. "This year, three Clemson professors are taking on dorm life". Clemson University. Archived from the original on 5 September 2011. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
- Illinois Center for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science
- 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival
- U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program
- Eugene Asher Distinguished Teacher Award