James T. Campbell

  • Stanford University

James T. Campbell is the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in United States History at Stanford University, where he also serves as Director of Residential Programs. Prior to joining the faculty at Stanford, Campbell taught at Northwestern University, at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, and at Brown University, where from 2002-2005 he chaired the university’s Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice. His publications include Songs of Zion: The African Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States and South Africa, and Middle Passages: African American Journeys to Africa, 1787 to 2005, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2007. Campbell’s current research focuses on the problem of history and memory, exploring the ways in which Americans remember and represent their past, not only in textbooks and historical monuments but also in historic sites, museums, memorials, movies, and political movements. He is currently completing two books, both of which examine the problem of history and memory in the context of Civil Rights-era Mississippi: Mississippi Witness: The Photographs of Florence Mars and Freedom Now: The Mississippi Freedom Movement in History and Memory. Campbell holds a B.A. degree from Yale University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, also in History, from Stanford.