Miller Center

Brian Balogh

Portrait of Brian Balogh

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Phone: 434-243-8971

Brian Balogh is the Compton Professor at the Miller Center and the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia.  He founded the Miller Center National Fellowship and currently chairs that program.  His most recent book is A Government out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America (Cambridge University Press, 2009).  His collection of essays, Between the Cycles:  Essays on the Evolution of Twentieth-Century American Governance (University of Pennsylvania Press, Politics and Culture in Modern America Series, forthcoming) will be published in 2012.   Balogh is currently working on two book-length projects:  In the Nation’s Backyard:  How History Preserved Rural Life in Green Springs, 1970 to the Present, and Building a Modern State:  Gifford Pinchot and the Tangled Roots of Administration in the United States.  His previous books and articles explore U.S. political history, environmental history and the history of technology.  Balogh is the co-host of Backstory with the American History Guys,  a nationally syndicated radio show that appears on Public Broadcasting Stations across the country.
Balogh received the Z Society Distinguished Faculty Award for 2010-2011 and is the recipient of numerous other teaching and mentoring awards.  He teaches several undergraduate courses, including “Viewing America, 1940–1980 and “Digitizing America, 1980 to the Present.” Balogh received his B.A. from Harvard and his Ph.D. in history from Johns Hopkins.   Before starting 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.
To view Balogh’s c.v. (PDF), please click here.

Miller Center Projects

Professor Balogh founded and directs the Miller Center National Fellowship Program, which promotes and disseminates scholarship in contemporary politics, public policy, and political history. Balogh is also founder and faculty advisor to the Public Service Fellows program, which provides opportunities for independent research, community service, and political advocacy to U.Va. students with an interest in American Political Development and world politics, enabling them to become leaders both within the university and the community at large.

Selected Publications

For a complete list of Brian Balogh’s articles and books, please see his curriculum vitae.


In the Nation’s Backyard: How History Preserved Rural Life in Green Springs, 1970 to the Present

A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America, Cambridge University Press, spring 2009

Editor, 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


“‘Keep Your Government Hands Off My Medicare:’ A Prescription that Progressives Should Fill,” The Forum: Vol. 7 : Iss. 4, Article 3 (2009)

“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.

Works in Progress

Between the Cycles: Essays on the Evolution of American Governance from the Founding to the Present (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011).

Building a Modern State: Gifford Pinchot and the Tangled Roots of Modern Administration in the United States.

Course List

Brian Balogh is the architect of a popular undergraduate course Viewing America, a web-based course that allows students to access film and audio clips, as well as view primary source documents and materials via the internet. (Access to the site requires a password; e-mail him to obtain the password for the web site.)
HIUS 100, The Mass Media and Politics in American History

HIUS 316, Viewing America

HIUS 726, Graduate Colloquium on American Political Development

← Full staff list