Dr. Duncan Campbell

College of Letters and Sciences
Social Sciences

Dr. Campbell specializes in nineteenth-century U.S. and Atlantic History. Before joining the faculty at NU Dr. Campbell was a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in American studies at the University of Wales, Swansea (now Swansea University). Growing up in Southern Africa, Canada and the United Kingdom, Dr. Campbell completed his Ph.D. in History at the University of Cambridge, his M.A. in History at the University of Toronto and his B.A. in History and English Literature at Queen’s University, Canada.


Dr. Campbell teaches on both the History M.A. and undergraduate programs. Courses taught range from subject to methodology, including the undergraduate capstone class. He additionally advises students on a wide range of thesis topics from the Colonial Era to modern U.S. history. Recent topics have included the Annexation of Hawaii and Chilean Migrants in California during the Gold Rush.


Dr. Campbell’s research concentrates on the political, social and cultural exchanges that took place within the wider nineteenth-century Atlantic world and beyond. He is currently writing a book on the American Civil War in a global context, under contract, for the Louisiana State University Press.


This is America: A Short History of the United States. Great Barrington, MA: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2014.

The 1980s: A Critical and Transitional Decade. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2011.

Unlikely Allies: Britain, America and the Victorian Origins of the “Special Relationship.” London: Hambledon Continuum, 2008.

English Public Opinion and the American Civil War. Royal Historical Society Studies in History, Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2003.

The American Civil War. Mountfield: Helm Information, 2000.

Articles and Book chapters

“The Bicentennial of the War of 1812: Reconsidering the ‘Forgotten Conflict.’” American Nineteenth Century History, forthcoming in print, already available online.

“La guerre de Sécession,” Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, 35:2, 2007.

“Palmerston and the American Civil War,” in David Brown and Miles Taylor, eds., Palmerston Studies. 2 vols. Southampton: University of Southampton, 2007.

Dr. Campbell has additionally published over twenty book reviews in publications such as American Nineteenth Century History, the Journal of American History, the Journal of American Studies, the Journal of the Civil War Era, the Journal of Southern History, Parliamentary History, Revue d'histoire du XIXe siècle, the South Carolina Historical Magazine, and the Welsh History Review.

Contact Details

College of Letters and Sciences
(858) 642-8418