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James T. Campbell

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James T. Campbell

Professor of United States History
Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History
Field: 
United States
Ph.D Stanford University
M.A. Stanford University
B.A., Yale University

My research focuses on African American history and the wider history of the black Atlantic.  I am particularly interested in the long history of interconnections and exchange between Africa and America, a history that began in the earliest days of the transatlantic slave trade and continues into our own time.  In recent years, my research has also moved in the direction of so-called “public history.”  I am intrigued by the ways in which societies tell stories about their pasts, not only in textbooks and academic monographs but also in historic sites, museums, memorials, movies, and political movements.

Selected Publications & Projects

James T. Campbell
Matthew Guterl, Robert Lee
While public debates over America's current foreign policy often treat American empire as a new phenomenon, this lively collection of essays...
James T. Campbell
A groundbreaking history of African American journeys back to Africa over the course of three centuries, a book whose enormous accomplishment reveals...