Brian Balogh

Fast Facts

  • Founder of the Miller Center National Fellowship Program
  • Recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards
  • Co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys radio program and podcast
  • Expertise on: 20th century U.S. history, American political development, environmental history, history of U.S media


Areas Of Expertise

  • Domestic Affairs
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Media and the Press
  • Science and Technology
  • Political Parties and Movements
  • Politics
  • The Presidency

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 the founder of the Miller Center's National Fellowship Program, which has funded 150 dissertation completion fellowships for scholars studying American politics and public policy from a historical perspective. Balogh focuses his interest on 20th century U.S. History, U.S. political history, 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 with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show that appears on more than 200 Public Broadcasting Stations across the country and via podcast on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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), and (edited with Bruce Schulman), Recapturing the Oval Office: New Historical Approaches to the American Presidency (Cornell University Press,  2015). He 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 the 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, 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.

Brian Balogh News Feed

On this St. Patrick’s Day special, Brian, Joanne and Nathan explore Irish American culture and identity.
Brian Balogh BackStory
The 10 most important modern presidential speeches selected by scholars at the Miller Center—a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship—and professors from other universities, as well.
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Most presidents feel a responsibility to reach out beyond their core constituencies, says Brian Balogh, a professor of history at the University of Virginia and co-host of the podcast, “BackStory.” “One of the most powerful weapons in achieving this end is language,” Dr. Balogh writes in response to a reporter’s email. “Using language that appeals broadly, and avoiding language that infuriates, demeans, incites, is crucial to achieving this end.”
Brian Balogh The Christian Science Monitor
The partisan divide between Americans is one of the most significant in the last century, according to an October study by the Pew Research Center. But 50 years ago, divisions were arguably worse. Here & Now's Robin Young looks at 1968 with historians Brian Balogh (@historyfellow) and Nathan Connolly (@ndbconnolly), co-hosts of the podcast BackStory, which is produced at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Brian Balogh WBUR Here & Now
On this episode, Brian, Ed, Joanne and Nathan look back at the stories we produced in 2017. Topics include fake news, the opioid crisis, and the August 12th white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.
Brian Balogh BackStory
With President Trump moving to drastically reduce the size of two national monuments in Utah, Brian, Ed, and Nathan return to our episode on Americans’ fascination with wild places. They explore how early European arrivals actually created wilderness out of a landscape long shaped by human intervention, how humans impact even the most remote corners of our country, and ask how our ideas about wild places have changed over time.
Brian Balogh BackStory