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.
twentieth-century history, public policy, digital class room activities,
- 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)
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.
- 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
- “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.
- Chair, GAGE Program, Miller Center
- co-host, Backstory with the American History Guys
- Ph. D., History, Johns Hopkins University
- B.A. Harvard University
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