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Brian H. Balogh

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of History
Office location and address
Nau 295
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

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.

HIUS 1501: Introductory Seminar in U.S. History
Credits: 3
Introduces the study of history intended for first- or second-year students. Seminars involve reading, discussing, and writing about different historical topics and periods, and emphasize the enhancement of critical and communication skills. Several seminars are offered each term. Not more than two Introductory Seminars may be counted toward the major in history.
HIUS 3161: Viewing America, 1940 to 1980
Credits: 3
Built around news reels, photographs, television, films, and reviews, this course explores how Americans viewed some of the major events and trends in the post-war period.
HIUS 3162: Digitizing America
Credits: 3
This class will explore the history of the United States from 1980 to the present through the lens of the information revolution that occurred during this period. We will examine the origins of the technological changes like the mainframe computer, merged media, the emergence of the internet, and the impact that they had on the economy, politics and social interaction.
HIUS 3501: Introductory History Workshop
Credits: 3
Required for history majors, to be completed before enrollment in the Major Seminar. Introduces a variety of approaches to the study of history, methods for finding and analyzing primary and secondary sources, and the construction of historical arguments. Workshops are offered on a variety of topics each term.
HIUS 4501: Seminar in United States History
Credits: 4
The major seminar is a small class (not more than 15 students) intended primarily but not exclusively for history majors who have completed two or more courses relevant to the topic of the seminar. The work of the seminar results primarily in the preparation of a substantial (ca. 25 pp. in standard format) research paper. Some restrictions and prerequisites apply to enrollment. See a history advisor or the director of undergraduate studies.
HIST 4990: Distinguished Majors Program-Special Seminar
Credits: 3
Analyzes problems in historical research. Preparation and discussion of fourth-year honors theses. Normally taken during the fourth year. Intended for students who will be in residence during their entire fourth year.  Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.
HIST 4991: Distinguished Majors Program-Special Seminar
Credits: 3
Analyzes problems in historical research.  Preparation and discussion of fourth-year honors theses.  Intended for Distinguished Majors who will have studied abroad in the fall of their fourth year. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the Distinguished Majors Program.
HIUS 4993: Independent Study in United States History
Credits: 1–3
In exceptional circumstances and with permission of a faculty member any student may undertake a rigorous program of independent study designed to explore a subject not currently being taught or to expand upon regular offerings. Independent Study projects may not be used to replace regularly scheduled classes. Enrollment is open to majors or non-majors. Note: These courses are open only to Human Biology majors.
HIUS 7131: The Emergence of Modern America, ca. 1870-ca. 1930
Credits: 3
Studies the distinctive characteristics of American modernity as they emerged in the period from the end of reconstruction to the 1930s. Concentrates on the interplay between large national changes and local life as America became a world power. Investigates the reciprocal relations between society and politics, social organization and science and technology, large-scale bureaucratic organizations and the changing class structure, culture, and ideology.
HIUS 7261: American Political Development in Action
Credits: 3
Readings drawn from the leading works in this field that span history, political science, and sociology. Students will also attend colloquia where works in progress will be presented by leading scholars.
HIST 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
HIUS 9032: Twentieth Century American Political Development
Credits: 3
This tutorial looks at the way in which a diverse, locally-based society integrated a host of communities and groups into the nation, and the way the nation engaged with the world in the twentieth century. It pays special attention to the racial and ethnic groups that were incorporated into the United States, America's relations with the world, and the media that transcended many of these boundaries (and the instances in which it failed.)
HIUS 9034: Topics in Modern American History
Credits: 3
This tutorial is designed to achieve two somewhat contradictory objectives: 1) ground the interests of those taking it in the broader literature relevant to their scholarly interests in the period covered (Reconstruction through the 1990s), and 2) ensure that they acquire a knowledge of twentieth-century U.S. History sufficient to teach undergraduate courses in this field at the college level.
HIST 9961: Supervised Reading
Credits: 3
Graduate study of the historiography of a particular topic or historical period, equivalent to a graduate-level colloquium course. Prerequisites: Approval of director of graduate studies or department chair.
HIST 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 3–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
HIST 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.