Edward J. Balleisen, Associate Professor

Edward J. Balleisen
Contact Info:
Office Location:  210 Carr Bldg
Office Phone:  919 684 2699
Email Address:   send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2023):

  • HOUSECS 59.22, HOUSE COURSE (SP TOP) Synopsis
    Bryan Center 005, M 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
  • Ph.D. Yale University 1995
  • M.Phil. Yale University 1992
  • B.A. Princeton University 1987

Legal History
Politics, Public Life and Governance
Economic and Business Cultures
United States and Canada
Research Interests:

Much of my research explores the evolving "culture of American capitalism" - the institutions, values, and practices that both structured and limited commercial activity. I am fascinated by the shifting meanings of "success" and "failure" in America's business culture, and by the intersections among economic, legal, social, and cultural change. Having completed a major study of individual bankruptcy in nineteenth-century America (NAVIGATING FAILURE: BANKRUPTCY AND COMMERCIAL SOCIETY IN ANTEBELLUM AMERICA, UNC Press, 2001), I have turned my attention to the history of commercial fraud in the United States. I am also pursuing research into the theory and practice of constitutional interpretation in antebellum America, exploring their relationship to the contested expansion of political participation by white men.

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. E.J. Balleisen and D. Moss, eds., Government and Markets: Toward a New Theory of Regulation, edited by Balleisen, EJ; Moss, DA (2009), Cambridge University Press [available here], [doi]  [abs] [author's comments].
  2. Balleisen, EJ; Balleisen EJ,, Navigating Failure: Bankruptcy and Commercial Society in Antebellum America (March, 2001), University of North Carolina Press [book_detail] .
  3. Balleisen, EJ, Scenes from a Corporate Makeover: Columbia/HCA and Heathcare Fraud, 1992-2001 (June, 2003), Fuqua School of Business, Duke University [repository]  [author's comments].
  4. E.J. Balleisen, Business Regulation, 3 volumes (2015), Elgar (A three-volume multi-disciplinary research collection, compiling leading writing on business regulation since 1870, with an extensive introduction.) .
  5. Balleisen, EJ; Brake, EK, Historical Perspective and Better Regulatory Governance: An Institutional Agenda for Reform, Regulation & Governance, vol. 8 no. 2 (2014), pp. 222-245 (published online as early view, 12-12; doi:10.1111/rego.12000.) [abstract], [doi]  [abs].
  6. Balleisen, EJ, Rights of Way, Red Flags, and Safety Valves: Regulated Business Self-Regulation in America, 1850-1940, in Regulierte Selbstregulierung in der westlichen Welt des späten 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts / Regulated Self-Regulation in the Western World in the Late 19th and the Early 20th Century, edited by Collin, P; Bender, G; Ruppert, S; Seckelmann, M; Stolleis, M (2014), pp. 75-126, Klostermann [repository] .
  7. Balleisen, EJ, Private Cops on the Fraud Beat: The Limits of American Business Self-Regulation, 1895-1932, Business History Review, vol. 83 no. 1 (2009), pp. 113-160, Cambridge University Press (CUP) (This article won the 2009 Henrietta Larson prize for the best article in Business History Review.) [displayAbstract], [doi]  [abs].

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