Brian Balogh

Professor of History
Dorothy Compton Chair, The Miller Center
Director, National Fellowship Program, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation
Co-host, Backstory

(434) 243-8971

Nau 295
Office Hours: Mondays 5:00-6:00pm and by appointment

Field & Specialties

20th Century U.S. Political
American Political Development
Environmental History
History of Science and Technology
History of U.S. Media and Politics



Brian Balogh is the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor at the Miller Center and Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is founder, and current director of the  National Fellowship Program which has funded 160 dissertation completion fellowships for scholars studying American politics and public policy from an historical perspective.  Balogh focuses his interest on 20th Century U.S. Politics, American Political Development, Environmental History, the history of Science and Technology, and the history of Media and Politics. He shares his enthusiasm for American history as co-host of Backstory, a nationally syndicated podcast.

Balogh is the author of The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century (University of Pennsylvania Press, Politics and Culture in Modern America Series, 2015), and A Government out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America (Cambridge University Press, 2009.) He is co-editor with Bruce Schulman, of Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency (Cornell University Press, 2015). Balogh is currently working on two book-length projects: Liberalism’s Crossroads: Reconciling Progress and Participation, and Building a Modern State: Gifford Pinchot and the Tangled Roots of Administration in the United States.

Balogh is the recipient of the American Historical Association’s 2015 Nancy Lyman Roelker Award honoring those "who taught, guided, and inspired their students in a way that changed their lives."  He also received the Z Society Distinguished Faculty Award for 2010-2011, and is the recipient of numerous other teaching and mentoring awards.  He has taught a variety of undergraduate courses, including: Viewing American, 1940-1980; Digitizing America, 1980 to the Present; and Distinguished Majors Colloquium.

Balogh received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins University.  Before entering graduate school, he served in Massachusetts and New York City government for eight years where he was a budget analyst, advisor to New York City Council President Carol Bellamy, and associate director of income maintenance programs for the New York City Department of Social Services.

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