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About Dr. Karl Campbell

Dr. Karl Campbell is an associate professor of history at Appalachian State University, where he teaches North Carolina and recent United States history. His book “Senator Sam Ervin, Last of the Founding Fathers,” about the North Carolina native who chaired the investigative committee examining the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation, won the North Carolinian Society Book of the Year Award for 2007. He has also published articles on civil rights, civil liberties and North Carolina political culture. In 2002, one of his articles won the Connor Award for the best article published in the North Carolina Historical Review.

For several years he has served as a Road Scholar with the N.C. Humanities Council, offering public presentations on his areas of expertise. He is completing work on a biography tentatively titled “Governor Luther H. Hodges: Carolina at the Crossroads.” In a forthcoming book from University of Tennessee Press called “North Carolina in World War One,” he hasa chapter titled“World War I and Two Generations of North Carolina Political Leadership.”

Areas of Expertise
North Carolina history
Recent U.S. political history
Intersection of U.S. politics and N.C. history
Civil liberties and civil rights


Present Faculty Member, Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences
Present Associate Professor, Appalachian State University Department of History


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Honors and Awards

  • Transforming North Carolina Research Award, Appalachian State University, 2012
  • College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Teachers, Appalachian State University, 2009


  • HIS 2604 African-American History Since Emancipation
  • HIS 3232 Contemporary U.S. Political History
  • HIS 3728 North Carolina History


1995 Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ History
1987 M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ‐ History
1978 B.A., Warren Wilson College ‐ History and Political Science

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