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Brian Balogh / Profile

associate professor | Faculty

Home Page: http://millercenter.org/about/staff/balogh

My scholarly interests are U.S. political history. Although I recently published a book entitled A GOVERNMENT OUT OF SIGHT: THE MYSTERY OF NATIONAL AUTHORITY IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA, I specialized in twentieth-century history. I am also the chair of the the Governing America in a Global Era program at the Miller Center of Public Affairs. I teach several undergraduate classes, including Viewing America, 1945 – 1980 and Digitizing America, 1980 to the Present. I am involved in initiatives to bring digital technology into the classroom, engage undergraduates in public service, and improve the climate for diversity at UVa.


Current Focus

twentieth-century history, public policy, digital class room activities,

Interests

Scholarly Disciplines
History of Science (1), environmental history (1), history of public policy (1), history of technology (1), legal history (1), political history (2)
General Interests
History (9)
Time Periods of Interest
twentieth-century (3)
Places of Interest
United States (10)
Technologies of Interest
editing video (1)

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Overview

Brian Balogh is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia and Chair of the Governing America in a Global Era Program.

Before coming to U.Va., Brian Balogh taught history at Harvard University. Trained as a historian at The Johns Hopkins University, his specialties are 20th century American history, political history, history of science and technology, and environmental history. Professor Balogh is co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a call-in radio show produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and supported by the Miller Center: http://www.backstoryradio.org.

View his curriculum vitae.

Professor Balogh is the author of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth Century America (Cambridge University Press, spring 2009) and Chain Reaction: Expert Debate and Public Participation in American Commercial Nuclear Power, 1945–1975 (Cambridge University Press, 1991) and he edited Integrating the Sixties: The Origins, Structures and Legitimacy of Public Policy in a Turbulent Decade (Pennsylvania University Press, 1996). He has published articles and essays about Progressive Era politics, the link between interest groups and public policy, and the legacy of Vietnam.

Publications

  • A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America, Cambridge University Press, spring 2009 * Integrating the Sixties: The Origins, Structures and Legitimacy of Public Policy in a Turbulent Decade, Pennsylvania State University Press, 1996 * Chain Reaction: Expert Debate and Public Participation in American Commercial Nuclear Power, 1945–1975, Cambridge University Press, 1991

Articles

  • “Introduction: Directing Democracy,” A More Perfect Union: Governors and American Public Policy, 1908–2008, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
  • “Making Pluralism ‘Great:’ Beyond a Recycled History of the Great Society,” The Great Society and the High Tide of Liberalism, eds. Sidney Milkis and Jerry Mileur, University of Massachusetts Press, 2005
  • ”’Mirrors of Desires:’ Interest Groups, Elections and the Targeted Style in Twentieth Century America,” The Democratic Experiment, eds. Meg Jacobs, William Novak, and Julian Zelizer, Princeton University Press, 2003
  • “Scientific Forestry and the Roots of the Modern American State: Gifford Pinchot’s Path to Progressive Reform,” Environmental History 7, no. 2, April 2002
  • “Making Democracy Work: A Brief History of Twentieth Century Executive Reorganization,” with Joanna Grisinger and Philip Zelikow, Miller Center of Public Affairs Working Paper, July 2002
  • “From Metaphor to Quagmire: The Domestic Legacy of The Vietnam War.” Charles Neu, ed., After Vietnam: Legacies of a Lost War, (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), 24-55.

Websites

https://www.virginia.edu/history/DigAm/

http://hitchcock.itc.virginia.edu/ViewingAmerica/

CV URL: http://millercenter.org/about/staff/cvs/balogh

Positions

  • Chair, GAGE Program, Miller Center
  • co-host, Backstory with the American History Guys

Education/Credentials

  • Ph. D., History, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.A. Harvard University

Direct Contact

Email: balogh@virginia.edu
Office Phone: 434 243-8971

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