Ballard Campbell

Professor of History
OAH Distinguished Lecturer
History of American Public Policy, Federalism, Research Methods
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin

Office: 233 Meserve Hall
Telephone: (617) 373-4448
Fax: (617) 373-2661

Ballard Campbell is a Professor of History at Northeastern University in Boston. He graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Political Science, holds an M.A. in History from Northeastern University, and received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He has written four books and sixty articles, book chapters, and reviews on American politics and government, the economy, and other subjects. His American Presidential Campaigns and Elections (ME Sharpe, 2003, 3 volumes), co-edited with William Shade, was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice and an Editor’s Choice by Booklist. His teaching specialties are historical political economy, comparative history, and methods of policy analysis.

Professor Campbell has been affiliated with the Law, Policy and Society Ph.D. program at Northeastern University since 1986. He has hosted the program’s Dissertation Seminar since 1987, and chaired the Cirriculum Committee since 1991.

Professor Campbell was an associate editor of the American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 24 volumes, 1999), a co-editor of H-SHGAPE, a web-based newsletter (1995-2003), and chair of the Executive Committee of the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. In January, 2004, he concluded a two-year term as president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He has held fellowships from the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University and the American Council of Learned Societies, is listed in Who’s Who in America, and served as an officer of the Social Science Historical Association and New England Historical Association.

His current research focuses on the impact of economic disturbances on government and society, and political development in the United States in comparative perspective.

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    Northeastern University
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