Ed Balleisen’s research and writing explores the historical intersections of law, business, politics, and policy in the modern United States, with a particular focus on the origins, evolution, and impacts of the modern regulatory state. His most recent book, Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff (Princeton University Press, 2017) received the 2018 Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference.
Along with Duke colleagues and collaborators Jonathan Wiener, Lori Bennear, and Kim Krawiec, he has co-edited an interdisciplinary volume that examines when and how industrialized democracies reconfigure regulatory institutions in the aftermath of major crises: Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crises (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
From 2010 through 2015, he directed the Rethinking Regulation Project at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. The group pursues ambitious collaborative research that brings undergraduate and graduate students into research teams linked to Duke’s Bass Connections program, such as the 2015-16 team that investigated approaches to Retrospective Regulatory Review.
Since 2015, he has served as Duke’s Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, working with university-wide institutes and initiatives to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research, teaching, and engagement. In this capacity, he oversees Bass Connections, an innovative program that supports interdisciplinary, problem-centered research teams involving faculty, graduate students, and undergrads. He is also the lead co-PI on Duke’s “Versatile Humanists” project, funded by a Next Generation Implementation grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
He received his BA from Princeton University and his MPhil and PhD from Yale University.
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