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Edward J. Balleisen

Duke University

Edward J. Balleisen is Associate Professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University and Senior Fellow at Duke’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, where he directs the “Rethinking Regulation” project.  On July 1, 2015, he will become Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies.  He has university-wide recognition for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (Howard D. Johnson Award in 2005; Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2015) and Excellence in Graduate Mentoring (Graduate Dean’s Award, 2015).   

The author of Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America (2001), Balleisen has written widely on the historical intersections among law, business, and policy in the United States, as well as the evolution of American regulatory institutions and contemporary debates on regulatory governance. Balleisen’s next book, Business Fraud: An American History, is forthcoming with Princeton University Press.  He is now in the early stages of developing an oral history project on late twentieth-century and early twenty-first-century regulatory governance.