OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Ballard C. Campbell

Portrait of Ballard C. Campbell

Ballard C. Campbell is an emeritus professor of history and public policy at Northeastern University. He is a past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and of the New England Historical Association. He is the author of Representative Democracy (1980), The Growth of American Government: Governance from the Cleveland Era to the Present (1995, updated edition 2015), American Disasters (2008), and American Wars (2012), and a coeditor of American Presidential Campaigns and Elections (2003 and 2009). He is currently completing a book manuscript on "The Paradox of Power: Building the American State in the Long Nineteenth Century."

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