Karl E. Campbell

"I am fascinated by political history, broadly defined, and the various ways people have shaped the structures of power that surround them. Teaching is my way of empowering individuals to lead thoughtful and meaningful lives."

Dr. Karl Campbell completed his B.A. in History and Political Science at Warren Wilson College and earned his Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He specializes in and teaches courses about 20th Century U.S. History, Political History, and North Carolina History. Dr. Campbell is currently writing his next book, Carolina at the Crossroads: Governor Luther H. Hodges and the Transformation of the New South.


Ph.D. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Areas of Study

African American and Africana Studies, United States History, North Carolina and Recent U.S. History

Selected Courses

HIS 3728 North Carolina History

HIS 3232 Contemporary U.S. Political History

HIS 2604 African-American History Since Emancipation

Selected Publications


Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2007. Winner of the North Caroliniana Society Book of the Year Award, 2007


"Claghorn's Hammurabi: Senator Sam Ervin and Civil Rights," North Carolina Historical Review 78 (October 2001): 431‑456. Winner of the annual R.D.W. Connor Award for the best article published in The North Carolina Historical Review, 2002.

"Preserving the Constitution, Defending the Status Quo: Senator Sam Ervin and Civil Liberties," The North Carolina Historical Review 78 (October 2001): 457‑482.

"Senator Sam Ervin and School Prayer: Faith, Politics and the Constitution." Journal of Church and State 48 (Summer 2003): 443-456.

Selected Awards and Recognitions

Transforming North Carolina Research Award

Graduate Faculty Award, Appalachian State University (2012)

Appalachian State Academy of Outstanding Teachers

Title: Professor
Department: Department of History

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-6009

Fax: (828) 262-4976

Office address
Anne Belk Hall 234A